Summer Frogs!

A curious frog comes closer

Frogs! Who doesn’t love frogs? They have their own funny personalities and are integral to a water garden’s survival. Frogs eat insects and contribute to the ecosystem in the pond. And they are great fun to watch!

My Ponds Project brought all sorts of frogs to my garden. In fact, during my rebuilding of my front pond in A Water Gardening Remake project, a leopard frog was so excited that it jumped into the water as I was filling the pond basin — and refused to come back out!

A frog sits on the edge of the waterfall, enjoying the rushing water, in this video below.

Frogs have such funny personalities. This frog seems to be the “lead frog” in my backyard’s bottom pond. Lots of croaking and hopping around. There are four frogs visible in this video, including a small bullfrog that recently lost its tail, and had overwintered as a giant tadpole in the pond. Watch this video below.

Here’s a photo of the bullfrog tadpole that overwintered in the pond.

A bullfrog tadpole that was born in October and overwintered in the pond
A bullfrog tadpole that was born in October and overwintered in the pond

This curious frog below just made me laugh. I was filming the croaking frog and then looked down, and this one was about 6 inches from where I was sitting next to the pond. Too cute.

A curious frog comes closer
A curious frog comes closer

Tree frogs are also in abundance in our area. Usually, during an evening rainstorm, the tree frogs become extremely loud, chirping and chirping to each other. This gray tree frog was sitting on my wrought iron patio chair.

A gray tree frog sits patiently on a patio chair
A gray tree frog sits patiently on a patio chair

If you want frogs to come to your garden, build a water feature! They will come within a few days. Here’s a view of my backyard ponds.

Two of my back yard ponds from The Ponds Project
Two of my back yard ponds from The Ponds Project

Based on a visit to my front pond last summer and seeing the frogs in residence, my next door neighbors embarked on a pond building excursion of their own. This year, frogs arrived, and laid eggs in their pond. The tadpoles are still swimming around, so no adult frogs yet. Their pond gets far more sun than mine, and is larger. A lily pad is flowering for the first time this week!

The lily pad blooms in my neighbors' new pond
The lily pad blooms in my neighbors’ new pond (Photo Credit: C. Mattusch)

Do you have frogs in your garden? How did yours arrive? Do you have a water feature? Leave a comment and let us know!

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