Dismal skies reflect mine eyes
which fight back tears borne by such lies
til Lo! Upon the pond, surprise!
A regal hope sits calm and wise.
We have grown many, many flowers over the years: mimosa pudica as a child, sunflowers and violas on our dorm room window sill throughout college, and untold thousands since, but hands down, the most beautiful flower we have ever grown was this purple water lily. Every new blossom is more fantastic to behold than the last, and if it’s possible, they bloom even more vibrantly in the rain.