Answer: Perhaps there is something walking through your flowerbeds at night - neigborhood pets, racoons, etc.? Check for critter tracks in the soil. It sounds like the damage is being done at night, so perhaps a beetle or grub emerges after dark to munch your primrose. The "lint" you mentioned sounds like it could be cottony cushion scale or wooly aphids. Pull some off and examine them under a magnifying glass to see if there are any visible bug limbs. If they are the problem, use Neem-Away (available from Gardens Alive, 5100 Schenley Pl., Lawrenceburg, IN 47025; ph# 812-537-8650) to get rid of them. A good all-purpose and safe pest control is diatomaceous earth. It deters pests because it is sharp and cuts their bodies, causing them irritation and dehydration. It's also available from Gardens Alive, and may well be available at your local garden center. Sprinkle it on your plants and it may protect them from future harrasment. Hope this helps!
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