frog condos: oxalis, bromeliads and other habitats
I FINALLY FIGURED OUT WHAT MY FROGBOY FRIENDS see in me. Real estate! No matter what their individual taste in style or color or size, I have a plant to meet their needs–a wide selection of botanical frog condos in the making. Some quick, fun shots of a few of my favorite summer 2011 renters.
The guy up top (a green frog, Rana clamitans) spent most of the season tucked into a big pot of Oxalis vulcanicola by the bigger frogpond out back, soaking up the rays and waiting for unsuspecting insects to pass his way.
The male green frog who made his summer home my above-ground seasonal water gardens–two big troughs I fill with water by my kitchen door, like this–considered a nearby bromeliad (in this case a Vriesea) to be his digs, when he wasn’t at poolside. (Some years little tree frogs have tucked themselves into such houseplants as the one above and found themselves temporarily indoors in fall when I stashed the potted things–oops!)
And then there was the pair who wanted a life raft as housing, and passed most days inside the rim of a submerged potted water plant that I’d stood in the smaller of two pools. How about those ridiculous smiles looking up at me each day from down in the dark recesses of their watery residence?
Here’s hoping I can make them all at home and just as comfortable in the coming colder season.