Our weather has been quite warm for a few months now and I have been patiently watching and waiting for our toad family to wake up and show signs of life.
I haven’t done a ton of research, I just figured since we had been in the 80’s and 90’s for many many weeks that Mr. Toad and his family would have been wide awake by now, but there has been no sign of any of them at all. If you remember, I even put in the wonderful toad swimming hole and no Mr. Toad.
I had to add mosquito fish to the Toad Swimming Hole because the mosquito larvae were developing quite quickly. Then I added some anachris (egeria densa) which is submerged oxygenating pond plant for the fish to hide in and create a happy environment for the fish. I didn’t plant the grass, just broke some off from another plant in one of the other water gardens and dropped it in the Toad Swimming Hole. Still no toads.
The last rains we had were about 6 weeks ago and my husband told me that he saw a toad in our driveway, but that is far away from the toad commune. I was starting to lose hope. Hope for rain and hope for Mr. Toad.
Then…. one day last week…. I saw him! He had burrowed himself down into one of my young spider plants. He was really well camouflaged and looking rather happy and content. I carefully filled the saucer beneath the pot with water and let him enjoy some solitude (if you can call me going out to check on him several times a day solitude that is!)
I think he is smiling! I know I am!
Other Mr. Toad Adventures:
- Mr. Toad (during a recent rain)
- Mr. Toad returns (2011)
- Words cannot explain what Mr. toad is up to!