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How green is my garden?


Frog green

Cicada green

Rosemary green

Coleus green

Creeping jenny green

Ivy green (poison and English)

Hummingbird green


Are you green with envy?



Now you may be wondering about the frog-green seeing as not all gardens have frogs. Ours certainly didn’t but then my husband decided that our back garden needed a pond. His sales pitch for the pond revolved more around our turtle Toby and how it would be nice for Toby to spring, summer and fall outdoors rather than in the gigantic tank on our kitchen bay windowsill. And so the project began and funnily enough, evolved into a two-tiered water feature, with fountain, paved patio, fish and a frog.


How the frog came to be in the pond is something of a mystery. My husband had only just finished digging the hole for the pond liners and put them into position, filling them with water to see how they’d lie. Then we had two weekends of rain and no further work done on the pond project. When he went to lay pavers and frame out the small patio, he discovered our guest. So how does a frog just happen by? Was Frog hopping through our garden on his way to visit Rat and Badger in the woods two houses down and across the road when he saw the oasis under construction and decided to move in?


I don’t know the how of it all, but I like having him around. He’s kinda cute in a slimy green way and the kids have named him Frogger. Our golden, Bella, either hasn’t noticed Frogger, or hasn’t considered chasing him like she does the rabbits, chipmunks and squirrels. She has, however, been reprimanded quite sharply for mistaking Toby’s Water Park (under construction) for Bella’s Swim Club.


It will be interesting to see if Toby and Frogger will be fast friends. The pond needs a couple more weekend’s of work before it’ll be ready. I’ll let you know how the introductions go.

Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame


( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 13th, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC)
I think it was funny how you compared the frog to Mr. Toad from Wind in the Willows. I hope that the frog and Toby become good friends.
Aug. 13th, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
Ooh - what a lovely, lyrical post you got yourself up to!

Perhaps that deer that came running by a while back delivered the frog?
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