Avert your eyes, sensitive souls, for I have some bad news, amid some good news. The good news is that Daisy is in Heaven (where it doesn't rain at the wrong time of year), but that means the bad news is that Daisy, the beautiful little golden daughter of Mrs Lithops, didn't quite make it here on Earth.
Now, while I am not a believer in blame games, I do think Huey the Rain God has not covered himself in glory with this soggy little episode. Biblical levels of rain, starting just the day after Daisy first peeped out, then continuing for days and weeks thereafter. Downpour after downpour – she didn't stand a chance, really.
Several readers have made supportive comments, willing Daisy along, and I know that they will all share my disappointment. Yet life goes on.
I am pleased to report that Mrs Lithops is taking the bad news well and is getting on with life, which is both sensible and all she can really do. A real trier, she assures me she'll back back next autumn with another little daisy for the world to admire, and I don't doubt her determination one bit.