(This entry was originally posted Friday, 7/6/07 on my website in a foolish attempt to create a blog without blog software.)
I stopped in at Hughes Water Gardens the other day. I needed more floaters to shade my pond and advice about controlling string algae on my waterfall. I love going there, not just because the staff is helpful and knowledgeable but also because it’s a delightful place to visit.
While I was contemplating which floating plant to purchase, I overheard another shopper ask one of the staff if she could buy tadpoles. When she heard they didn’t sell frogs, she asked where she could purchase them.
“Sorry, but it is illegal to sell native frogs.”
I piped up, apologized for eavesdropping, and said that my experience was that “if you build it, they will come.” My pond was just over a year old and I had loads of Pacific tree frog tadpoles in my pond. She said her pond was much older but she’s never had tadpoles.
“Do you have fish?” I asked.
“Yes,” she replied.
“Well, that’s likely the reason,” I said, “Fish eat frog eggs. I don’t have fish, so I have frogs.”
And then, she said – and I still can’t believe I held my tongue – that she wanted to buy tadpoles just to have them for a little while anyway, she didn’t want frogs, she didn’t want anything making noise at night.
As she walked away, I shook my head and wondered that she didn’t see how absurd and wrong her quest was. For the sake of our native frogs, I hope she doesn’t find what she seeks.