Frog spawn – there is a lot of it in the garden pond.
They are over hundred frogs in the pond at the moment and they will start dispersing again soon. During the year, we come across them regularly in the vegetable garden, and in the long grass of the meadows.
It is wonderful to see them all together in the pond though, and they do make a lovely gentle croaking noise. The spawn will take anything from 10-21 days to hatch into tadpoles (it depends on the temperature). The tadpoles will take a further 14 weeks to grow into mini frogs. Of course many of them will become food for newts, dragonfly larva and other predators including themselves.
Inspired by this week’s Lens artist photo challenge -Subjects Starting with Letter S
One of the things that makes me really happy is the coming of spring.
A sure sign of spring is the arrival of frogs in the garden pond. They usually arrive around St Valentine’s Day and sure enough that is when the first ones appeared. Yesterday’s count was about 100!
At this point we also have the first spawn.
Thirdly this week are the crocuses. Despite all the rain they are coming through.
Flowers are just such bundles of joy. Here mini daffodils also coming out.
Even the first leaves are emerging – here some native honeysuckle and a great tit. The bird song is another sure sign of spring.
It is very wet though. We have had constant rain and everything is muddy. Garden jobs are well behind as it is just to wet too work the soil.
Spring is my favourite time of year. Everything is returning to life. Daffodils bring sunshine to the garden.
As do dandelions and with them come the bees, bringing back the buzz of insects.
There are leaves starting to come on the trees and the birds are thinking of nesting and bringing with them songs.
The frogs return to the pond, and their chorus adds to the sounds of spring .
And my favourite wild flowers – primroses, bringing with them their delicate scent.
Spring brings so much to our lives and above all is hope and renewal.
Whether it is the mild day or the fact a new storm is on it’s way, but we have even more frogs in the garden pond today. Hard to count but at least 200 now!
Well it has been one stormy week. It hardly seems that storm Ciara finishes and we are now getting Storm Denis. I don’t think I have ever seen the place so wet.
- These tete-a-tete daffodils are standing in water. I have never had water standing in this bed before and this is the second time in a week.
2. Earlier in the week between the two storm it got very cold and we woke to semi white – not snow but frozen hailstones. The garlic is just showing through.
3. Despite the cold weather the frogs have decided to spawn anyway – first spawn appeared today. We have not as many frogs as other years (about 50), but it may be due to the fact that there is water everywhere and they are spoilt for choice as to where to spawn!
4. I disturbed a pair of bullfinches feasting on the buds of one of the apple trees so they moved to the blackthorn in the hedge instead.
5. In other years this willow would be buzzing with earlier pollinators. But this year and last year’s early spring means it is coming out before the pollinators emerge. This is one of the problems with climate change – when nature gets out of sync with itself.
6. Winter Purslane – self seeds itself in the greenhouse and polytunnel and is a great addition to winter salads.
With thanks to The Propagators Six on Saturday for hosting.
We know when spring is coming when the frogs arrive back in the garden pond. Last year they were late (early March), but this year they are already back in force – first ones arrive earlier in the week.
There appears to be a little fewer than last year – about 100, compared to around 120 last year. They are not easy to count though so it is just an estimate!