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Frogspawn 2013

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 22:53

since the pond thawed on Friday the frogs have been very active and it looks like there is lots more frogspawn - even though temperatures are still low c 5 degrees

Disappearing daffodils

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 11:01

Good luck with the fritillaries - mine have started to show in most of the usual places. Some compensation!

Disappearing daffodils

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 22:39

That's the same problem I have.  The ones in the garden which is well drained are fine but not a sign of them in the areas which were waterlogged for so long.

Disappearing daffodils

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 21:40

Yes - even some of my snowdrops have only just come out now, only to be flattened by ice and snow!

Disappearing daffodils

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 21:11

Has anyone else noticed a problem this year with declining numbers of daffs appearing where they are naturalised or semi-naturalised in grass.  I have a meadow which suffered badly in the wet summer last year, which was then followed by a very damp winter, and I'm beginning to wonder if it's had a lasting impact on the daffs.  In some areas none have come up where there have always been some over the last seven years.  Or am I just being impatient?  Often the tips are visible by January, and the first ones are out by now!

Frogspawn 2013

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 20:59

Still cold and snowy out there so no opportunity to check, but the word is that frogs and toads can survive pefectly adequately through cold springs - they've been around for a few million years after all.  I would imagine that most of the frozen frogspawn will come through ok too, although when it warms up (when?!) the frogs may well be encouraged to have another go. Interesting Mrs S that the latest year for your frog arrival was 2010 - same here.  Lot of similarities between that winter and this!

Frogspawn 2013

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 21:32

My frogs returned on March 8 - nearly a fortnight late compared with previous years, but the frogspawn was there by the morning of the 9th so they certainly got busy! Sadly pond frozen over and covered with snow now - presumably they can survive for a while.  I'm sure this has happened before.  Can't wait for a balmy mild day to hear them all singing!

Talkback: Wildlife ponds and growling frogs

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 21:15

My frogs usually arrive about Feb 23 - usually within a day or two! But this year they only arrived on March 8; even though it didn't seem much warmer it did rain at last.  They produced copious amounts of frogspawn immediately so must have been pretty pent up etc! Now all buried under snow and ice again - I hope they're ok. A bit of croaking a couple of days ago but the singing won't really get going until we finally get some balmy mild weather.

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