Wednesday Vignette – it’s not easy being green..

… especially not when big, pink, two-legged creatures disturb you out of your winter nap. The other day, during a visit to Cistus, I was at the counter checking out, when a sleepy little baby Pacific Tree Frog crawled out of a hole at the bottom of the pot. Beyond my first squeals of delight, my first inclination was to wait for him to crawl back inside and come with me home. Well, he didn’t. He just sat there, sleepily blinking. I managed to coax him up on a plant tag, and from there back in the pot.

Pacific tree frog

However, I felt very uneasy about the brazen thoughts of cradle robbing that swirled around my head. It would just be mean to separate him from his family – which was serenading spring from a thicket outside of the hoop house. So, I gently dropped him off on a mossy bench outside, where he continued his bleary-eyed contemplation until I left for home.

Seeing him made me wonder if there are any frog survivors from last spring’s breeding attempt. I’ve intentionally left bowls of water around the yard, with deteriorating plant material breaking down inside – trying very hard to make my garden a welcoming environment for these little cuties. I go outside and listen for any sound of frogs at night, but so far have not heard anything that made my heart skip a beat. I just might have to try again, with new tadpoles from Hughes Water Gardens. I’m not ready to give up quite yet. Stand by for further reports later…

About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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23 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – it’s not easy being green..

  1. Tina says:

    Awe, he’s so darling! I certainly can understand your desire to bring him home, but glad you left him in the environment he’s used to. I guess I’m surprised that you’d have active frogs now, I would think it’s too cold? I haven’t heard any toads in my pond, yet–but they’ll be along soon. Thanks for hosting, this is my aquatic-related post:

    • annamadeit says:

      I was thinking it would be too cold too, until I heard the singing of frogs the other night, while walking through a part of town with ample wetlands. And there he was – living proof. Such a cutie… sigh!

  2. Grace says:

    I would be tempted to take him home too, even though I’ve got an ample (and currently deafening) supply right now. If there is any way you can create a small pond, your chances of year round residency will be greatly improved. Keeping my fingers crossed.

    • annamadeit says:

      Oh, to have a pond…. I just don’t know where it could go! My garden is so small, I’ve made do with water bowls instead. Probably not half as attractive to a frog… 😦

  3. I guess it’s good to know I’m not the only one wishing frogs would take up residence in her garden. I’ve tried Hughes a few times and watched a tadpole get legs and then later saw a frog but it was brief. I blame all the neighborhood cats. Oh and my WV is green today too!

    • annamadeit says:

      You think the cats eat the frogs?? Hmm, I guess maybe they would, but I just never thought of it as a possibility. I think that regardless of all my watering and my few water filled vessels, my garden is just too damn dry! Sigh…

  4. linda says:

    You should check out Emily’s blog . I’m really tempted to get have a terrarium with tiny creatures .

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Linda – I have read her blog! I found a great big aquarium tank at Goodwill last week – 48″w x 24″h x 12″d. I have no idea where I’m going to put it, but it would be so much fun to build a terrarium out of it. I think I could probably learn a lot about that from Emily’s blog… Right now, I know so very little about the types of plants we saw in Dick’s greenhouse.

  5. Kris P says:

    He’s a cute little fellow but I’m glad you left him in place. Frogs were common in the backyard of my childhood home but, to the best of my knowledge, they’ve been utterly absent for decades now. (My brother now lives in my childhood home.) There were no frogs in my former garden and there are none in my current garden, although I have an incredibly large population of lizards, all of whom seem to have awoken within the last 2 weeks.

    • annamadeit says:

      Sorry to hear that the frogs have disappeared… the shifting baseline syndrome in action. I’m glad you at least have lizards – they are nice too, and so fun to watch as they sun themselves. If I can’t have frogs, I would love to have some lizards!

  6. Alyse says:

    Aww, Anna, that’s so sweet! I love them too. I’m glad you left him there, the place he’s always known. No objection to gathering frog eggs though! There are so many of them.
    On another topic–I didn’t post this two weeks ago, when it happened, but i was delighted to see your take on the four black screens at the Japanese Garden entrance. I had just seen them that day! (or, the day I read your post anyway.) So, first I saw them, and spent some time admiring them, and then I saw your post! What fun. I wrote about it here:

    • annamadeit says:

      I need to get my hands on some more of those eggs… keep trying until they realize what a great frog hostess I can be! Glad you got to visit the Japanese Garden. Looking forward to reading your take on that magical place!

  7. Something new in the freebie line

  8. Peter Herpst says:

    What a cutie! I would love to have some of them in my garden but don’t think they like city living very much. Those I’ve introduced have not lasted more than a year or two. Oh well, our neighborhood is very walkable. Time to move to the country.

    • annamadeit says:

      Yeah, that’s what I’m thinking too. I’ve been longing for less populated conditions for a while now… I think you’re right about the city conditions, but I’m still going to try again. Will try to stop by Hughes this afternoon. I’m going to be in that area, anyway. Fingers crossed for Froggie, Round 2!

  9. Your little frog has been quite a hit. Really cute!

  10. Quite a handsome little fellow.

  11. Rebecca R. says:

    I love frogs too! He is certainly a cutie. We’ve had them in our garden when we first moved in, but they were in our pool that didn’t have any chemicals in it. Every morning before work I would take all of the frogs out of the pool and then again every evening. There wasn’t a way for them to get our on their own and I was hoping to encourage them to hop along to the next body of water before we got the pool going for real. They haven’t been back since that spring. We’re installing a pound this year and I’m hoping they may come back.

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