So sure, I’ll agree isn’t standard fare for this blog. Then again you have to understand that a few years ago I became possessed with the idea that we needed to tear up the lot surrounding our home and begin anew.
I had this vision that we could transform our soggy hillside lot into a rockery with a pond. And if we could manage to build a pond with the right elements, we could attract one of my favorite creatures: the Frog…. and perhaps even a handful of his bumpy cousins: the Toad.
Now admittedly at the outset, I didn’t fully comprehend the scope of the project. What began in the late fall of 2008 was never intended to take 3 summers to complete. However stone, as I’ve shared, is heavy. And heavy things don’t move anywhere…quickly.
But in time….(my wife would say –> an eternity) our pond was taking shape. Yes! However to really get it right, I realized I first needed to study my desired residents. I mean what do Frogs look for?? What kind of things did we need to be sure were in place if we hoped to create our own Frog community?
So I began reading and learning about the needs, likes, dislikes of my web footed friends. First thing on the list–No Fish. Fish eat their eggs. Oops. OK, next up– plenty of crevices. Frogs like places with holes, caves, crevices, ledges, logs, etc. Check. They also prefer their ponds have gradual edges with easy perches to move in and out of the water. Check. Now that we had the pond layout just right, it was time to add the plants. Frogs love water plants, lots of them. Plants are a natural defense against predators providing hiding places and shade…. So in came the plants.
From there, Mother Nature took over providing an endless array of snacks in the form of bugs, slugs and other thugs. Viola! One year ago I was thrilled to discover a pair of frogs had come to stay with us. Why not? Cheap rent, good eats and a landlord who’s pretty slow on the uptake. However like all good things, word gets out and next thing you know….everybody and their cousin is moving in. Even the Toads!
Do I mind? Nah. Sure there are a few inconveniences. It’s hard to find an open deck chair most evenings. Frogs are virtual night owls which I didn’t realize. And occasionally after a particularly late night of revelry, I awaken to find a lot of empty’s strewn around the patio and deck. Frogs haven’t really gotten into the recycling thing.
But I like my new friends, warts and all. And don’t let the beady eyes fool you….they’re really a pretty nice bunch.