The weather in southeastern Pennsylvania has been very mild for the last week or so. Today we came very close to 70 degrees as a daytime high. This is very unusual for this time of year and it is making the fawn and flora a little crazy.
There is some forsythia blooming and I have iris, day lilies and bulbs pushing up shoots. I always fear that the ensuing colder weather will “do them in” but somehow it never does.
It has also made my fish frisky. The storm of a couple of weeks ago drove them to the bottom of the pond. They moved slowly and weren’t interested in greeting me as they did all summer. Today, they were out there doing belly flops when they saw me but best of all, there were the two frogs sunning on the stones.
I have been cultivating an inviting environment for frogs for a couple of years. They are healthy for a pond and good for gardens. This year has been the first year that I have actually had frog sightings during the summer and I have been ecstatic (ok, I am easy to excite).
There was a short period during the summer when they did some mating ritual of singing and jumping around for a week or so. My friend Sharlene calls it frog fest. There were five frogs then, but after the excitement died down, I would only see one occasionally. They were small and they spooked easily when they saw activity.
Sometimes I would hover in the darkness to try to catch a glimpse of one in the moonlight. They are so elegant when they dive into the pond and swim. Today was a great gift to see the two of them, side by side, enjoying the warm weather. The weatherman says this won’t last. Bummer. I will miss those little guys.