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Old 08-22-2015, 01:57 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I have a metal rooster and some ceramic turtles, but the neatest things to see in my yard are the toads. We built a tiny pond in the front yard, and the toads had tadpoles in it, so my yard is full of adorable little toads. Here are some hiding out in a pot of prickly pear.
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Old 08-22-2015, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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I have a metal rooster and some ceramic turtles, but the neatest things to see in my yard are the toads. We built a tiny pond in the front yard, and the toads had tadpoles in it, so my yard is full of adorable little toads. Here are some hiding out in a pot of prickly pear.
they are so cute! can they get out of there?
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Old 08-22-2015, 02:08 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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they are so cute! can they get out of there?
Yes, they can. They climb all over the yard and into all my pots of cactus. Sometimes they'll dig a little hole so just their heads show in the flowerpot. They usually jump out when I water the plants. There's a leopard frog that lives in my pond too, but he takes off whenever I try to get a picture of him.

I have a big container of water in my back yard for the dogs and I learned the hard way that I had to put some chunks of concrete in to make steps so the toads can get out of there.
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Old 08-22-2015, 02:24 PM
 
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Oh, I love your garden ornaments. It's a lot of fun to find just the right thing for the right spot.

My favorite are my collection of various metal suns hanging on the fence. Sorry I don't have a photo.

Tucked under the sumac are a reclining stone mama cat and kitten and a stone plaque that reads, "Those we have held in our arms for a short while we hold in our hearts forever." (That's a clue to the city inspector, should he ever come, that we have broken the law five deceased kitties worth.)

I wish we still had toads. Every year I set out a broken pot toad house in a shady spot but haven't seen any for years now.

I never realized what creatures of habit they are. One year we had a bumper crop of toads and I got in the habit of checking for one every day at lunch time. We had a rather large ant hill in the sidewalk by the basement door. I'd go out and sit on the deck steps and watch him come for his daily lunch. Didn't know they could move so fast.

And every evening we were home we'd sit out on the deck and watch for the toad parade. As soon as it got dark and cooler out they'd come, many, and hop down our nice, warm backyard sidewalk.

There's something special about having living yard ornaments!
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Old 08-22-2015, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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I used to have a bunch of toad houses until I saw a snake go in one and help himself to a toad. Poor toad couldn't get out.

After that I just took a couple of bricks or stones and put a bigget flat stone on top. Not as fancy but not a trap either.
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Old 08-22-2015, 03:19 PM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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Does a mosaic gazing ball count? I have one.
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Old 08-22-2015, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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I have the same gargoyle as LIcenter by my pondless waterfall, and there is a metal crane standing on the water basin for it. In front of my house are two stone lions, one on each side of the steps. My pride (no pun intended) is a 6 ft. long stone recumbent lion I actually bought at an old thrift/salvage store in downtown Fredericksburg. He is nestled by a huge tree root and is very regal. I also have a marble Madonna and child, but they have been grown over by a privet bush so they need to get cut out in the fall. Couple of stone cats in the front garden beds as well, since the real ones don't go out there.
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Old 08-22-2015, 04:40 PM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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Does a mosaic gazing ball count? I have one.
Yes.... ;-)
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Old 08-22-2015, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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My better ornaments have to be displayed in the back yard because a couple have been stolen from the front garden. One was a large playful elephant that I loved and it disappeared. I do think I'm going to work on a rock display starting next year on one end of the beds.

In back I have a couple of Buddhas with other Asian little decorations. Along the section that's against the house I have sun plaques on the walls and lizards on the walls farther down by the deck.

I love garden statues.
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Old 08-22-2015, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Thanks PAhippo and LIcenter. They are in front of the deer fence which is usually barely visible. Sometimes I think about moving all my treasures around like some folks do furniture but then I think...Na I like where I originally put them. They compliment the plants around them.
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