Thursday, May 6, 2010

a different kind of house

A couple of posts ago, I showed you our new birdhouse.  While we were putting it in our front garden and tidying up, I noticed a couple of special houses that have been around for several years.  About 8 years ago, we saw a cute "toad house" and put it in our garden.  Then we saw another and put it in the garden too.  We also found a corny little 'frog's home' sign and put it next to one of the toad houses.  The houses were just cute little things to put in our garden until plants filled in. 
Kind of cute, huh?  This is the first one we got.  Of course it's just decoration only, not an actual functional house for a real froggy.  That's silly.
Here's the other one with the little green sign.  That sign should help guide a frog to the house, huh?  Who are we kidding.  Who thought this stuff up?
Look close...there's the frog.  FOR REAL!  Within a few weeks of putting the first house in our garden, we had a frog living in it!  You can't really tell from this picture but there are actually two frogs.  One is very little hiding behind this frog.  I would have tried to get a better shot of it but we didn't want to scare the frogs so we quickly put the house back down on it.  Now, I don't know what the life cycle is of a frog but there has been a frog in at least one of those houses every single summer since we put them in.  Sometimes, each house has a frog.  So, either this is an 8 year old frog or this house has been sold to new owners several times over in the last eight years.   In the evenings, we see one or two frogs on our front porch...eating bugs I assume... which is fine with me.
There they our little froggy subdivision.  If some crafty person out there can figure out a way to make a really cute one that looks a little more vintage, I would copy it and add more homes to this unique little residential area.  Who knew they really worked?


  1. How cool I've always wanted to make one for my garden - now I really want to...

  2. Awww. Too cute. Do you think they might be toads, instead of frogs? Just wondering as I thought frogs had to live near water and toads could live in drier places. Could be wrong though. I love your little subdivision. You should grow plants that have mini flowers near by, so they are in scale.

  3. Grace, that made me chuckle. I can tell you anything you want to know about first and second language acquisition in a bilingual child but I can't tell you the difference between a toad and a frog. I call them all frogs. The mini flowers and maybe a tiny picket fence would be cute!

  4. Those are great! I never thought of frog homes.

    We have frogs in the creek near our home, they're amazingly loud, but when you walk by the can't see a single one! It's shocking!

  5. How cool is that?! My boys would LOVE these! I must find one for our garden. Thanks for sharing!

    God Bless,

  6. That is so funny! I love stories like that! I can't believe you actually got a good picture!


  7. How does it go ... build it and they will come? I am amazed that you have real frogs living in your little frog houses. Too cool!

  8. Too cute! Oh I adore this project. It is going in my style file for sure!

    Happy 4th of July!

  9. What?!? I've never heard of such a thing! Oh the things I'm learning on blogville. Froghouse... I need to google that to see what's all entailed. I want a frog village! This is so cool.


  10. I LOVE frogs and toads! I want frog houses!!!! SO cute!

  11. We live in the country in Virginia Last night my kids caught 14 toads in about 3 minutes! One of my sons is a total frog nut! I had to get him a tank for the front porch for his catch and release.... One day, when he was about 4 yrs old I found him running the bathtub. To my surprise he was making a "pond" for his frog!
    I showed him your toad houses and Donna's village idea and his eyes lit up! NOw We have a project for this week :)

  12. This is adorable! You should start a village.. Frogs have a slimmy sheen & have a dampness to their backs, toads are dry, that how you can tell. They always come out away from the sun to hunt for bugs at night. They are attracted to window areas where lights are alluminating to the outside or porch lights.. this draws bugs & attracts them there to the bugs. :) We have several in our backyard both frogs & toads. Husband goes outside with our dog & a flashlight at night so she doesn't kill or injure any of them. :)


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