*Through Clenched Teeth...*
There was this lovely little toad lily that a dear GW acquaintence gave me this spring at the swap. I watered it all summer, it was looking very good. I was excited - the lady who owned the house before us had planted some, but they never bloomed and have all disappeared over the past 5 years - so it was my first. It looked dandy still, dormant, but healthy, just yesterday.
I've just come in. There's now a carefully dug squirrel hole right there - and no lily.