Toad House

A "toad house" made from a hypertufa pot and its stand.  Little creatures will find a safe, cool hiding spot here on hot summer days.

A “toad house” made from a hypertufa pot and its stand.   Little creatures will find a safe, cool hiding spot here on hot summer days.

We appreciate all of the frogs and toads, skinks and lizards who live in our garden, because their favorite food is insects!

We have lots of little amphibians and reptiles about, also finding a turtle or snake in the garden from time to time.  It isn’t unusual to find a little toad or lizard nestled into a pot while I”m watering.

We are happy to share the garden with them.

The plant stand with its little spot for a toad or lizard to hide from the sun.  I believe this is too small for a snake to use!

The plant stand with its little spot for a toad or lizard to hide from the sun. I believe this is too small for a snake to use!

And so I’ve formed some little “toad houses” to sit under our hypertufa troughs.

This little U shaped plant stand not only holds the pot up securely so it will drain well in the rain, but also makes a safe and cool little place for a tiny creature to take shelter on a hot sunny day.

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We haven’t found one inhabited yet, but know we will one day soon!

 

Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014

 

The Brugmansia (center) in this hypertufa pot on the pedestal in the "stump garden" continues to grow.  Soon it will shoot up to over 5' high!

The Brugmansia (center) in this hypertufa pot on the pedestal in the “stump garden” continues to grow. Soon it will shoot up to over 5′ high!

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About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

5 responses to “Toad House

  1. Pingback: Attracting amphibians and reptiles to your garden | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  2. What a great idea, I need to make a few of these. Your planters look great now, I can’t imagine how great they will be in a few months!

  3. Your planters are so beautiful. I love seeing all the different pots and stands you’ve created. Those little shady niches will be much appreciated by amphibian friends this summer. Blessings to you, Sarah

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