Dateline: 1 June 2014
I like toads. In my Planet Whizbang Idea Book For Gardeners, on page 78, I have a couple of excerpts about toads from old farmer's almanacs. Here is one such quote…
Affection For Toads
Never kill the toads that frequent your garden. Not by any means remarkable for beauty, they are, nevertheless, very useful in destroying insects, particularly those that fly in the night. Toads feed almost exclusively on insects, and the amount of good they do is immense. If we could always reconcile ourselves to the old adage, "Handsome is as handsome does," and conquer our prejudices, we should cherish the toad as a true friend. A young lady once told us that she "perfectly doted on alligators." It would be much more sensible to fix her affections on toads.
|My toad, Mr. Charles Dudley|
The pictures above show a good-size toad that lives and works in my garden. Maybe I should say, our garden.
I named him Mr. Charles Dudley, after Charles Dudley Warner who was something of a garden writer back in the late 1800s. Page 34 of my Garden Idea Book has several quotes from Charles Dudley Warner. And later in the book I present this CDW quote:
"I think the agricultural society should offer a prize for the finest toad."
Well, if such prizes were being offered around these parts, I think Mr. Charles Dudley would win one of them. He's quite large and he is one of the finest toads I've had the pleasure of meeting.