I'm not slowing down, nor apparently is this common garden snail (Cornu aspersum) who, along with his pals, keeps popping up in the Syrah vines (not in the garden). It is the grapevines themselves that are slowing down. The grand period of growth - a period of time when the shoots of vigorous grape varieties can elongate as much as an inch or more a day - is almost at an end. During bloom the rapid shoot growth slows; in part due to competition for the allocation of photosynthates; in part because of hormone and enzyme activity in the flowering vine. But also because May has been an unseasonably cool month. The California May Grey has also retarded development a little bit, as the weather has been rather chilly and thus the vines have not been quite as enthused.
Me? I haven't been able to slow down yet. As quickly as the vines have been putting on vegetal growth, I've been busy tidying the over-zealous shoots by tucking them behind the trellis wires. The snail? Well, his departure into the blackberry thicket, facilitated by me, was anything but slow.