Remember my comment about surprises hiding in plain sight? One of the best surprises in the Fort Worth Botanic Garden water lily gazing ponds was discovering the Victoria lilies mixed among the temperate water lilies. While these aren’t reaching the sizes necessary to support children on their pads, and they’d probably have issues with anything larger than an action figure, this was still a great opportunity to see both the opened pads and the protective thorns and hooks on the bottom of the immature ones. Sadly, these didn’t have any opened blooms, but those might be waiting for the rainy season, such as it is in Texas, to start. Considering the current weather predictions, anyone getting up next to the gazing pools might get an additional surprise when visiting this weekend.