I recently commented to Adam that I’d love a frog pond. The evening chorus is what I am after…it tickles me. A few days after sharing my secret wish, a lone croak appeared in the garden late one night. I investigated, and found this little guy raising a ruckus all on his own. He is well camouflaged – look at the center of the photo:
He has taken up residence in my little pot o’ pond. What is this, you ask? Man made ponds can be beautiful when done right, but they also can be high maintenance and prone to leaks. I keep my water features pint sized and in a pot. With some creative engineering, you can wire the pot for a dripper or bubbler that will create soothing sounds and help to keep the mosquitoes down by moving the water. Throw in some water plants and a few floating lettuce and voila – a pond in a pot. I’ve created many glazed pot water features and have also ventured into galvanized metal stock tanks which work well in the right setting. Typically I prefer a low & wide pot that is glazed both inside and out. If the pot’s interior is unglazed, it can be better sealed by painting on a thin silicone coating. If you want to get fancy, you can hard wire the pump to a switch that is controlled via a remote. Impress your friends.
A few of the water features I’ve created:
Not long after Frog A took up residence, I was heading outside for my evening slug hunt (no further details – I want you to still like me). I opened the front door to find another small green frog on the doorstep. Since our resident frog has been calling out for a mate every night, I guessed that perhaps this was his Cinderella. Since she (I am making some storyline assumptions here) was headed the wrong way and at risk underfoot, I moved her closer to her frog prince. Maybe we will get some tadpoles.
The sun was out today, as was our resident frog who took to sunning himself on his private pond edge. I think he is living the high life.