I WAS ALMOST RELIEVED TO HEAR FROM a longtime reader that his Geranium macrorrhizum looked like some kind of lace–“shot through with tiny holes,” and that “this has never happened before.” Me too, and me either. Hostas, yes, and so many other things–but the trouble-free, aromatic, tough-as-nails bigroot geranium? All I can say is: 2012 is host to some fierce breed of slugs–and thanks to another reader, I have also found cabbage looper caterpillars‘ excrement (ahem!) in the geraniums, alongside the slime trails. You can read my safe slug-beating tactics by clicking over to this story.