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Ninth Day of Christmas

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

…nine frogs a-croaking!


…eight vultures circling!
...seven spiky yuccas!
...six types of milkweed!
…fiiiive! naaaative! plaaaaants!
…four hummingbirds!
…three moorhens!
…two mourning doves!
…and a replacement for a Bradford pear tree!

We have frogs here.

Most of the year we merely have a LOT of frogs. There is a stretch in spring, however, when the cricket frogs are hatching, where we have frogs in Biblical proportion, and I stop going out in the garden for a day or two because I will step on too many tiny amphibians.

The nine species so far found in the garden are Southern toads, Fowler’s toads, chorus frogs, the aforementioned cricket frogs (and don’t ask me if they’re Southern or Northern, because I am not a herpetologist.*) eastern pickerel frogs, bronze frogs, Gray’s tree frog, leopard frogs and spring peepers. (I have never actually seen a peeper, but boy, do we hear ‘em. The real songsters, however, are the chorus frogs.)

Our pond is full primarily of bronze frogs, which are like small bullfrogs. Every now and then a leopard frog will come to the pond, but it’s primarily owned by bronze frogs, and they’re the ones who breed in it most enthusiastically.

The cricket frogs (who are teeny weeny little things) breed everywhere, but primarily in the drainage ditches and any standing puddles you may have lying around. Improving some of the garden’s standing water issues had to wait until the narrow window when they weren’t full of tadpoles—and we’ll see next year how successful I may have been there.

There are enough interesting frog facts to keep us here until the new year, so I won’t start in, except to say that having a frog pond is possibly the most fun I’ve had as a gardener.

*I’ve never even had a cold sore.

Originally published at Squash's Garden. You can comment here or there.


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And you chide me for bad puns?

But that pun was AWESOME.

That poor hamster is looking increasingly harried.

Of course he is. So far, he's replaced nine pear trees and supplied sixteen mourning doves, twenty-one moorhens, twenty-four hummingbirds, twenty-five native plants, twenty-four milkweed, twenty-one spiky yucca, sixteen vultures, and nine frogs.

If he didn't repeat the previous days' presents, this would be a lot easier. As it is, by the time this is done, there's going to be three hundred sixty-four presents sitting on the recipient's lawn.

One for every other day of the year!

Oh. Oh gods. The whole thing suddenly makes sense.

... I still like listening to the Straight No Chaser version best, though. The one where partway through they break into a cover of 'Africa'...

Edited at 2012-12-23 06:25 am (UTC)

The part that dropped me off of my chair was the dreidel song.

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Well done, thank you.

The badgerhaus bog is particularly loud with frogs at times. My mutant amphibian army will rise and rule the wetlands and my mutant scorpion army will rule the deserts! MU. A. A. A.

Are you and M. naming them “Bob” too?

Birds are closer to reptiles in the evolutionary tree than amphibians are, so why is ornithology separate from herpetology?

I'm so glad the frogs are just singing, and not [i]croaking[/i] (falling over dead). But it would be hilarious to see them [i]croaking[/i] instead (a crocheter's nickname for what they do with yarn and a hook).

My father used to call what my mother did "crotcheting." I'm not sure which is worse [g].

We used that term for my grandma's work, too.

I wish to hear more fun frog facts! You make me want a wee frog pond, even though it would contain a large dog most of the time.

Everything you just said. *nod nod* Even the bit about the dog. *laugh*

Brek-ke-ke-kex ko-ax ko-ax, brek-ke-ke-kex ko-ax.

I am absolutely convinced that the sound used for the giant ants in that most awesome classic film THEM was the sound of the spring peeper chorus. It is the exact sound! I love driving thru the Great Swamp National Wildlife Reserve just to hear them singing in the spring. Though I've never actually seen one of the little beasties myself either.

I love the NC frogs!

Well except for the frog orgy we had in the swimming pool a couple of years ago. We uncovered it and didn't get the chemicals into it soon enough. Word must have spread to the toad community because we had the biggest frog orgy you've ever seen. Humping toads/frogs all over that pool. I was fishing them out in the net while they were still in the act by the dozens!

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