Our Friend the Toad

This little guy has been hanging around with us as we work on the outside of the house. We’ve all seen him and carefully moved him away from our work areas.

What shall we call him?

What shall we call him?

From my research on toads and frogs I think this is a Fowler’s Toad. I haven’t come up with a name for him, but decided to check out the meaning of a toad showing up in the garden in my book, “Garden Spells – The Magic of Herbs, Trees and Flowers” by Claire Nahmad. Here’s what it says:

“If a toad should take residence beneath a stone, or amongst some old tree roots, honour his jewel-eyed presence in your garden. Do not call him names or drive him away. He is a custodian and guardian and within him lives the spirit of the garden. He will keep away all pestilence and attract the fairies, and he will ward of distemper within the home. It was said in olden days that a precious stone lived within his head, with a guardian angel alive inside it. If you make him your friend (and this can be done) you will be able to look into his eyes; and you will see that indeed they are like a magical composite of moonstone, topaz and soft brown agate, and that in them seems to dwell the spirit of wisdom.”

So there you have it. We welcome this Fowler’s Toad to our garden.

This is a great book if you enjoy folklore or believe in garden fairies. It is no longer in print but you could probably find a used copy online.

If you don’t believe in garden fairies, I only have one question. Why not?



2 thoughts on “Our Friend the Toad

  1. Cindy

    Wow, you are really making great progress! I know it is a tremendous amount of work but it already looks better!

    Your little toady does need a name. We have one at Higgins that finds his summer home under a large piece of driftwood we placed in the garden. It’s been three years and I am quite certain it’s the same guy. Maybe “Bugsy”, if he seems the “Mad Men” type …

    If you ever need an extra hand, give me a shout. I’d be happy to help!

  2. Trish

    Thanks Cindy! I appreciate your comments and offer to help. This little toad does need a name, especially if he’s taken up residence. Thanks for following along 🙂


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