When you have record rainfall, even self-staking can’t keep the Annabelle hydrangeas upright! The self-staking (cutting the outer ring of stems in half in May, per my garden guru Kim) did keep them looking good much longer, but the huge flowerheads plus the unending rain finally knocked them down.
The waterlily is still getting disturbed on a regular basis. We think we’ve found the culprits: after wrestling and eating crabapples on our porch roof, these baby raccoons met up with an adult raccoon who showed them around the pond. The adults aren’t so cute because they’re huge, but the babies are awfully sweet (although they provoke some severe agitation among our cats). I’ll have things straightened out for the pond tour on Sunday, so please stop by if you are in the area!