Check out these lily pads!! I have never seen a pond so loaded in all my life. The weather is really warming up here now. A huge surprise slithered up on us as we were hanging out at the edge of the water. The little one says, "look at the snake'- I of course say, 'oh, snail?' um, no- snake! but it was only about 15 feet- no worries. We talked to the garden keeper who says the snake has been here as long as she's worked here- 20 yrs. The bottom was still in the water while the head was clear up in the tree wrapped around a branch. It was an excellent show!