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Q: What’s even better than plant shopping at Cistus?

Thursday 15 April 2010 - Filed under General

A: Plant shopping with frogs!
The first time I went to Cistus was a cold drizzly day in winter. I reached down to pick up an agave and felt something squishy and pulled my hand back, and out jumped a frog. Very exciting stuff. Ever since I’ve been on the lookout. My last trip, I heard frogs, but didn’t see any. But this time was my lucky day. Frogs, frogs, everywhere.

My first frog spotting of the day was a brown frog on a brown New Zealand Flax. Cool trick, huh?

And then a green frog on something, I didn’t stop to check the plant. Maybe it’s a Beschorneria? See how tiny the little buggers are?

Another plant I didn’t bother to ID, too excited about the frogs.

frog on solanum laciniatum
AND THEN! And then… I’m looking at my pictures at home, and I had taken this picture of a frog that I didn’t even notice at the time! Bonus frog!
The plant, by the way, is Solanum laciniatum, or Kangaroo Apple, which is a tomato relative that claims to be a fast growing shrub to 10 feet tall. I snapped it up after I took the picture with that surprise frog. It’ll be an annual in my garden, it’s only hardy to zone 9, but it was too good to pass up. As much as I want frogs of my own, I don’t know how frog friendly my yard is, so I hope that little guy didn’t hitch a ride home on the plant.


2010-04-15  »  megan

Talkback x 9

  1. Loree / danger garden
    16 April 2010 @ 7:43 am

    Good god! So many frogs and even a bonus frog. You got very lucky! And score on the Solanum laciniatum too!

  2. Janet
    16 April 2010 @ 9:41 am

    What fun! Tiny little frogs are sure cute.

  3. Patricia C, Portland, OR
    16 April 2010 @ 9:44 am

    Is it bad that I’m hoping that little frog did come home with you? It’d probably be okay. Frogs know things about nature. For instance, they’re very good at hiding, right?

  4. Grace
    16 April 2010 @ 11:11 am

    Wow Megan~~ I also wrote about frogs!! How bizarre that we’re both receiving the same wavelength!

    If you’ve got a standing, fish-less water source, you can have frogs. I’ve got two cats that run around but they’re too stupid :) [or maybe the frogs are just too smart] to get caught.

    I’ll sometimes spot one at a nursery too. Although some people are squeamish, I’m with you. They’re just such lovable little guys.

  5. Karen
    16 April 2010 @ 12:26 pm

    Frogs, frogs, everywhere! I love that you saw so many. I have never seen one in my garden, too dry I guess. You could make an extension of your bog garden and try for frog habitat. But then the herons might show up. We saw one hunting frogs in the pond where we stayed the other week. Gulp!

  6. James (DoubleDanger)
    16 April 2010 @ 6:14 pm

    Megan! Saw you stopped by today over at Double D – yeah we are “back” from a long hiatus… I like to think about us coming out in spring like some awesome unfurling wonderfulness. But that is just us makin’ an excuse.

    We do not really have frogs here… prolly cuz all the rednecks scared them off during the whole 1946 frog leg incident. Your frogs though – too cool.

    Hope all is well.

  7. keewee
    17 April 2010 @ 11:19 am

    They sure are the cutest wee things.

  8. Conrad
    18 April 2010 @ 8:39 am

    You will find the Solanum will produce numerous orangy/yellow fruit with many small seeds, you can store the seed overwinter and they’ll then germinate easily in spring with a bit of heat.
    Here in Ireland the seedlings pop up in the spring of their own accord, though whether the seed would overwinter outdoors in your climate I’m unsure.

    Your first unknown froggy plant looks like and Astelia, the second appears to be a Trachycarpus.

  9. Jane/MulchMaid
    18 April 2010 @ 7:19 pm

    I commented a few days ago, but I guess my comment got eaten by the virtual powers. I loved your post title: I thought it would be a plug for the HPSO sale (What’s better than shopping at Cistus? Shopping at Cistus, Rare Plant Research, Gossler Farms, Joy Creek, etc. all in one place.) How fun to find it was about frogs, and such darn cute ones too! I’m with Patricia: your garden is probably VERY frog friendly, you just need to get started!