Garden Friends

We found these two while doing some minimal tidying up. One good reason for leaving grass longer and not being too tidy. These were in the back lane that runs behind our house, but we have them in the garden as well. They eat slugs; we love them for that and for the soft croaking we hear on still nights as they jump in and out of nextdoor’s goldfish pond.

17 thoughts on “Garden Friends

  1. sallybr

    Love those, although they scare me from time to time when they jump from behind a bush of basil… ;-)

    our dogs had encountered them in the past and came inside foaming in the mouth, pretty funny. Quickly they learn to leave them alone, or simply try to bark them into submission, from safe distance

    1. Joanna Post author

      The dogs bark sometimes, but usually just look wary, maybe they don’t taste very nice, a little soft beastie has to have some defences :)

  2. Martin Prior

    We get them in our Bakery all the time. They wait by the door and hop in when its opened. We do not really mind them but they create two problems. One they make messes on the floor and second they attract Black Cobra snakes into the Bakery. Fortunately we live not far from the Fire Station. When we get snakes we call them and they come around to remove them.

    1. Joanna Post author

      Hi Martin, am very, very grateful that we don’t have snakes in the garden. I think I have only ever encountered snakes a handful of times and that was never here, though I know we do have adders in the UK. Thank goodness for firemen that’s what I say :)

  3. drfugawe

    I’m trying to train Minete (the new cat member of the family – but one does not train cats easily) not to come into the garden, so that she won’t try to remove our frog friends – however, we also have mice and moles in the garden, and I’d love her to get them out for me – mixed emotions. Those are cuties.

    1. Joanna Post author

      I didn’t know that it was possible to train cats to catch certain animals and not others, if they are that way inclined, good luck ! I have spent a fair bit of time with an old timer cat this last year, who sleeps 22 hours a day and goes out and catches voles and mice when he is awake.

    1. Joanna Post author

      Brian observed one eating slugs late one night, one hop, open wide, and a sluggo vanished, a big orange one…. Make a pond and maybe they will come!

    1. Joanna Post author

      You need to talk to Debra ;) Your pond always looks very desirable in your photos, I would move in if I were a frog !

  4. hotlyspiced

    We used to have a pond with goldfish and we used to get a lot of frogs. On hot summer’s nights you could always hear them talking. But how did you catch them and how did they stay still long enough for a photo shoot? Mine were never that tame. xx

    1. Joanna Post author

      Hi Charlie! I have to say that is not my glove holding them – I am behind the camera. I don’t know how Brian caught them, I think they froze when he uncovered them under the Virginia creeper that we were taking off the fence, (it was busy strangling all the other plants). He is good with animals, handles them gently. lulls them with his dulcet tones etc etc…

  5. cityhippyfarmgirl

    My mum’s old house used to have oodles of frogs. They would hang out on the windows at night time as the bugs would be drawn to the living room lights and the frogs in turn following their buggy dinners. It’s always such a lovely sound hearing them contentedly croak.

    1. Joanna Post author

      I think I have posted frogs before. We usually see them at the back door in February looking for the light and the bugs in the same way. I guess in the summer when the days are longer we don’t fall over them so much. There is more green stuff for them to hide in too then. I love the sound of frogs calling :)

  6. bakecakecrumbs

    I do love froggies! Yours remind me of the ones we used to have around our little pond when I lived at home – there used to be lots of them and we occasionally saw them in the undergrowth too. I think it helped that the neighbours had much bigger ponds than we did. Thank you for re-surfacing my happy memories :-)

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