Creating a wildlife haven one plant at a time

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Making new friends in the garden ~


It is important to always pay attention when you are in the garden.


Because you just never know who you are going to meet, especially when you are down on your hands and knees focusing on your task at hand (in my case weeding).


This guy had himself nicely nestled in the rocks that surround our AC units. He was enjoying the coolness of the soil and warmness of the rocks when we came eye to eye. I think he winked at me. I am sure it was code for move on and leave me alone. 

Of course I had to run in and grab my camera. I wasn't going to let an opportunity to capture this guy get away.

All my pointing and clicking really got on his nerves after a time. And he decided to get up and hop off. Of course not before I could get a few more shots in.


And let me tell you he wasn't all too happy about it either. Look at that scowl.


So to cheer him up I mentioned that there are some toadshade trillium in the woodland garden that he should check out and maybe get some dinner to go. Another wink (code for thank you) and he was off. I think we will be good friends.

14 comments:

  1. I had one jump in a hole last year that I pulled a plant out of and it filled with water by the time I returned with another plant, and there he was. Wish I had numerous more. Haven't seen him since. They keep themselves pretty well hid I think.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  2. Between my lizards and your toad, we have great wildlife! Haven't seen the reddish toad before. Love those little surprises in the garden.

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  3. Aw, he looks like a little old man! How fun!

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  4. I would have ran in too for the camera. You got some good pictures of the toad and the story was most enjoyable. I can just imagine how annoyed he was with you. I have annoyed a few myself, but I never see toads around here. I believe they must be somewhere, though. I remember in PA they were all over the place.

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  5. Cute! I hope he finds the toadstools. And that he tells his friends about your garden!

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  6. What a cutie...love his color...I have not seen our toads yet...hope to soon...the pond is open!

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  7. Have never seen a red toad before. interesting.

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  8. He's a gorgeous colour... and his eyes are amazing! You're lucky he was still there as whenever I dart inside to fetch the camera the wildlife disappears!!

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  9. Karin, Great post! He does look like he is scowling, but perhaps looks are deceiving. With all that winking, he must be quite a flirt.

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  10. He's a spectacular color! I see more salamanders here than toads and frogs. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen a toad here! It does go to show how even the most unassuming parts of the garden can provide important habitat though. I hope he found his Trilliums!

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  11. Lovely toad. I had one who lived by my little pond last year and I looked forward to seeing him every day. Haven't seen him yet this yet, but the frogs have been active already.

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  12. Wow, I bet he startled you too! How nice that he stopped to pose for you before heading off to the woodland garden for a snack!

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  13. cute post! toads aren't uncommon, but it's a special occasion to see one up close like that. i'm glad you got such good photos...thanks for sharing.

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  14. What a wonderful addition to your garden! It's not everyday that home owners see toads in their outdoor spaces. They're welcome in gardens as long as they don't take over!

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