Daily Archives: June 26, 2013

A moment of perfect beauty


For the last couple of years, we’ve had a semiregular visitor to the greenhouse in the form of a very young toad taking advantage of the moisture and the insect bounty. He (she?) disappeared last year, and I was afraid the drought got him, but that was before I started working around the stump from the silverleaf maple that came down last November. The little monster promptly moved into the rot hole in the center of the stump and camped out along the side, coming out in the evening to feed.


Considering how rare amphibians, especially toads, are getting in the Dallas area, he’s welcome to stay here as long as he wants. I just have to remember to flush out the stump hole from time to time, just to keep it moist enough so he’ll stay. Who needs a big elaborate toad house when a silverleaf maple stump works as well?