Meanwhile, back at the garden shed..
My friend Clematis Jackmanii, or as I call him, Jack Daniel's, though I say it myself, is having a good year. He is about the only plant in the garden so far, touch wood (Americans say "knock on wood", which is too cumbersome*) untouched by slugs.
*another example of how the same expression has evolved with slightly different words. Why, for example, do Americans say "Road Work" and we say "Road Works"? Funny, that.