They got the lilies in the front garden a few days ago. That morning, they were tall and upright: after lunch they were lying in the dirt. Every day I find that the gophers have destroyed something else. They've begun nibbling on my tomatoes...
As sorrows go, this is definitely not a catastrophically terrible one. But it's difficult to give up on my garden because of these rodents -- at least, not without a fight.
The lilies in the area behind the house are still gopher-free. I'm glad that I didn't plant all of them in the front bed. However, I've discovered that a gopher can climb up even a tall pot, so these lilies aren't safe.
Part of me is ready to just give up on the garden -- at least for this year. However, the gardener in me isn't ready to abandon my green friends quite yet. So it's war (at least for now).