Human Flower Project
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Keeping Up with Snails
An old garden pest puts a dent in what has been predicted to be a banner year for wildflowers.
A brown garden snail and milk snail try to escape
after one of many hunts, Austin, Texas, 2/28/12
Photo: Human Flower Project
The glory days of March in Texas are nigh. After an unrelenting drought, good rains late last year and intermittent downpours over the past two months have the wildflower swamis grinning in expectation.
So were we until about a week ago, when we saw that a once-lush patch of bluebonnet plants along the front slope was taking a beating. The leaves were mangled and bitten off. Trampled by pigmy goats?
No. Along the central stalk of two big Agave americanas and deep into a razor sharp sotol, we spotted snails, scores of them, tucked away for the afternoon.