gardeners and frogs, on the edge

frog on lip of troughTHE FROGBOYS CAN’T BELIEVE IT, EITHER: Another warm-weather season is drawing to a close, and with it the “everybody into the pool” mindset that pretty much sums it up around here will be traded for something involving snowsuits, not swimsuits. Everywhere I look this week, there’s a frogboy on the edge of the colder reality ahead. Meet them in this impromptu little slideshow:

Start the show by clicking the first thumbnail, then move from slide to slide by clicking the arrows beside the captions. Enjoy.

  1. boodely says:

    Wonderful pictures, thanks for sharing.
    I don’t know if I feel “it’s only winter” after the summer we’ve had. Wouldn’t mind taking a leap into the pool myself and hiding out until spring.

  2. Amy says:

    Photographs are great as always! Only you can make frogs that appealing. Wish I could sleep until spring. I never know how I get through months and months without the solace of gardening. There is nothing better after hours at a computer than visiting plants and digging in the soil. Awaytogarden.com really helps a lot!!
    thank you, thank you

  3. Squirrelgardens says:

    So darn sweet. Hate to be ignorant….what do are their winters like? Where do the hibernate? I live in an area where frogs are not so plentiful.

  4. Jane says:

    I just love that picture of the waterplant-festooned frog boy! I’d love to have some frogs at my house. Does Portland, Oregon seem like good frog country? Sometimes in the summer we hear what we are told is tree frogs, but we never see any of them.

    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome, Jane. There are 12 native species of frogs in Oregon (plus the bullfrog, an alien there but native here); how many can live in your particular area, you might be able to figure out better by starting here. You’d probably find the tree frogs with a flashlight at night; I often do in the shrubbery (instead of the trees). Hilarious creatures. I highly recommend buying an amphibian guidebook that covers your area, aif you don’t fear getting hooked like I am. :)

  5. Amy says:

    I wish I saw bullfrogs here in Tennessee. Alas, only toads at my house, and they are not amused when I try to introduce them to the water garden. Sigh.

  6. Helen says:

    Gorgeous photos.. did you take them yourself? I am building up my blog.. about simple things.. cats, gardening, growing ones own. Last year we dug a small pond for wildlife to use and I spotted frogs last week in a shrub near to it… will try to photograph but think it will be a challenge. I really enjoy your site. Thanks. Helen

    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome, Helen. Yes, I take all the photos on the blog here in the garden at my house. I find it very enjoyable – looking closely through the camera at things. See you soon again, I hope.

  7. Madeline says:

    Your frog photos are quite amazing. We have a water garden here and I have learned quite a bit about frogs since they showed up a few years ago. I have learned some of my info from you! I don’t know how you managed to get these shots. Our frogs are really skittish except for the very young ones. What we think is the female (she is HUGE compared to the others) is especially shy. But anyway, love the photos.

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