under cover: secret-agent frog reports for duty

frog in disguiseYOU’D THINK HE WOULD HAVE NOTICED when he lumbered up and out of the little garden pond to his favorite perch, that he had an oak leaf stuck to his back, but no. This bullfrog spent the entire day Friday in undercover guise–as if his dull winter skin color wasn’t camouflage enough. Or maybe the brittle old leaf was some kind of frogalicious fashion statement? I often wonder what goes on in the minds of frogs.

  1. Sophia says:


    Looking forward to your next book, “The Life and Times of Frogs”, (with photos, of course). Could be a comedy!

    Thanks for sharing!


  2. Jean says:

    Perhaps it was a more practically-minded approach: protecting his tender winter skin from a first-of-the-season sun indulgence- though I have to admit, it’s a damn good look! Methinks Gaga would agree.

  3. Kaveh says:

    I think he might be inspecting the pond heater. Making sure it is in working order in case there are more cold nights before summer.

    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome, Lynda. Zen, inded. They are frozen in place, the frogs. As if by being still nobody can see them.

      Welcome, Bethany. Statue is exactly right. Glad to meet another frog lover.

      See you both soon again, I hope.

  4. bavaria says:

    Like Jean, my first thought was that it looks like some sort of heavy duty sunscreen. Fashion, camouflage, and sun protection…what a clever frog!

  5. norma says:

    I don’t know…he has a rather “oh lordy” sort of look on his face. I only have toads cute but not as cute as this fellow. Aren’t you the lucky girl.

    1. Margaret says:

      Hi, Norma. He is one very fat and happy bullfrog, despite just coming out from a long winter’s nap! There are more than 15 frogs today (the first warm, sunny day) out at pond-side, and it’s hilarious, like the club pool or something. See you soon.

  6. Hannah Moore says:

    Hi Margaret,
    I love frogs too. How do you attract them to your garden? I don’t have one yet (a garden that is), but my husband and I are planning on living in a suburb with not a lot of nature around and I was wondering if there is any way to attract frogs in areas where there are no ponds etc. around?

    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome, Hannah. Having a water feature is the key; I have 2 little homemade in-ground pools with recirculating water (in warm weather) and a floating de-icer (to keep a hole open so gases can escape and the frogs don’t suffocate) in winter. As soon as I created water, with these rubber-fabric-lined pools, I got frogs. With toads they love cool spots like large rocks and behind the stone steppers and so on, so creating habitat in general is the key (again, mostly water!). And not using chemicals; these creatures can’t thrive if there are chemicals killing off what they eat, and poisoning them in the process.

  7. Jane in CT says:

    Maybe he had an eye out for one of those oh-so-sophisticated wood frog darlings and chose the leaf to spruce himself up.

    “See, Sweetie? I can blend into your world if you want to jump together. After all, this is your color, isn’t it?” “No? You like that fellow with the orange flush? Bummer. If you change your mind, I’ll be here, waiting.”

  8. Aimee says:

    Hahaha! How hysterical – thanks for sharing this one…I can hear the theme music playing just looking at him.

    What a wonderful, insightful, informational, humorous, lovely and highly inspirational site and garden you have. I am so glad a friend directed me to your site and I look forward to keeping up with it and finding ideas for my own (very new!) garden.

    Thank you!

    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome, Aimee. So glad you found us (and so glad I found Andre all those years ago to keep me laughing!). And BTW, I have red gardening clogs, too. :) See you soon!

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