our February garden appears a bit dry and poor on colors - despite that the black bird's nest was empty from yesterday meaning the chicks are raised and left it unless the neighbour's cat spotted them earlier:
My garden has achieved the tick of approval by one of nature's toughest judges: a frog. The humble eastern common froglet, to be exact, or one that looks like it.
If frogs take up residence in your garden, it means you have a clean, unpolluted and stable environment. So I might have a mosquito or two fewer this summer.
I have fond memories of when I was a kid of catching tadpoles in the local creeks, but I recommend a catch-and-release policy. Frogs are protected, so they cannot be taken from the wild.
The best way to attract frogs to the garden is to provide them with what they need and, with a bit of luck, they'll come for a holiday and stay a while.
Frogs' slimy, beautiful skin is very thin and can absorb nasty chemicals. They can also die if they eat insects that have been killed by chemicals.
Try to eliminate pesticides and herbicides and use organic fertilisers such as your own compost, blood and bone or a good commercial product.
The good news is there are lots of simple and cheap things you can do in your garden to attract frogs and you don't have to change too much.
Frogs love moisture, so ensure constant water at ground level, and they need protection from birds, dogs and cats. That's about all.
Go for a heavily planted garden: groundcovers keep the ground cooler and provide places for then to hide, small shrubs and grasses provide protection from birds, and taller trees and shrubs provide shade to larger areas.
A dry, sunny garden to a frog is what a concrete path is to an earthworm on a hot day … not a happy place. Use rocks, hollowed-out logs and broken terracotta pots laid on their sides to create palatial real estate for them.
Once you've attracted some frogs you'll want more, so you need to provide a safe breeding ground. Water, whether it be a feature, a small puddle or just a water bowl hidden among the plants, must be protected from prying eyes. Not because frogs are shy creatures but because they are easy targets in the open.
I have lomandra and liriope planted around the base of my water feature and a frangipani above it to provide shelter. This wasn't designed for the frogs but it has worked for me and, more importantly, for them.
Make sure water is around all year for the frogs but also that it is not a threat to children.
Think about where you put the water. Inside a fenced pool area is safe. Also take into account that frog noises may be nice sometimes, but near bedrooms they can sound like chainsaws fighting.
Another benefit for comes from garden lights. They attracts moths, flies and mozzies, creating a smorgasbord for frogs..
You can buy frogs at pet shops. You need to obtain a simple licence and can get a good-looking green tree frog for about $30.
Or you can have many different types of native frogs (there are more than 200) including the green tree frog and my new friend the eastern common froglet for free in your very own wildlife park at home.
The frog as spirit animal or totem reminds us of the transient nature of our lives. As symbol of transition and transformation, this spirit animal supports us in times of change. Strongly associated with the water element, it connects us with the world of emotions and feminine energies, as well as the process of cleansing, whether it’s physical, emotional, or more spiritual or energetic.
Frog Symbolism The symbolism of the frog appears in many traditions around the globe. This animal is generally associated with the water element and its cleansing attributes. The frog is symbolic of:
Life mysteries and ancient wisdom
Shoson Ohara: Frog Sumo
The frog totem, symbolic of cleansingIt is said that the frog is symbolic of the cleansing. You can call on the frog spirit to support you in clearing negativity and “toxic” energies. The frog being associated with water, it may be a good spirit animal to call for emotional release.
Perhaps it indicates you need to “detoxify and take care of your health differently. Or it encourages you to release your emotions or carefully at how you spend your energy in relationship to others or some matters of concern in your life.
Cleansing might also mean that the frog spirit animal inspires you to renew your perspective or vision. If the frog shows up in your life as a spirit guide, it may encourage you to clear old opinions and beliefs to adopt a new stance or perspective.
The frog spirit animal and rebirthThe frog totem symbolizes the cycles of life, in particular the rebirth stage. Its own journey through life, from tadpole to the adult state, reminds us of the many cycles of transformation and rebirth in our lives.
The symbolism of the frog as animal associated with birth and rebirth can be traced in Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome and other cultures from antiquity. The frog was a popular symbol for fertility, as well as rebirth or resurrection. For example, in the Ancient Egypt mythology, the frog was associated with resurrection; the Roman Venus, goddess of Love, was often depicted with a frog.
The frog, symbol of transformation The frog is an amphibian and goes easily from water to earth during its life. By extension, it has been often revered as a symbol of transition. If you see the frog as your animal totem or spirit guide, you may be called to experience change in your life. Those changes might be with regards to how you lead your life and can also be of spiritual nature.
Call on the frog spirit animal to guide you through times of transition and help you smoothly go from one state to the next. It will support your transformation or metamorphosis in a subtle yet powerful way.
The frog spirit, mystery and magicThe ability to go from water to earth is characteristic of the frog. Those who have the frog as a spirit animal or totem might be inclined to walk between planes, whether they are physical, spiritual or emotional, and enjoy playing with the magic of life and nature.
Unknown: Cat and frog
This animal being active at night, it is often seen as the favorite animal of the arts of the dark and witchcraft. By extension, this totem animal is associated with life mysteries and familiarity with the unknown.
The frog totem and the affinity with the water elementIn the Native American tradition, the frog is often seen as a rain maker. Many shamanic traditions call the frog in connection to the rain and to control the weather patterns.
Since the frog is strongly associated with the water where she spend a lot of her life, this spirit animal is also connected to moon energy and the moon goddess. The fact that it’s active at night reinforces this association. For those who feel an affinity with the frog as personal totem, you may be at ease with the world of intuition, feminine energies, and the magic of nature and the elements.