|The long awaited blossom!|
|The shady pond with yellow flag iris, papryus, water hycinthe, and leaf lettuce.|
I have had water lilies in the pond for years, but on my shady property they very seldom bloom. I thought, at last, this year the plants were strong enough and robust enough to bloom and was looking forward to three buds on a water lily! But one night a raccoon bit the buds off! How utterly disappointing. Only another gardener can understand the feeling of letdown. After waiting patiently for years and anticipating each year that this might be the one for blooms, it is just hard to have your hopes and expectations dashed when they are about to be realized! Drat those raccoons, or as my friend might say, ``Oh yes, bring your gun and kill those /!"///"! raccoons!`` Ah, the irony of being a gardener! It does stir very conflicting emotions.