I heard raccoons howling in the night. Thumping on my roof. They must be climbing up my elm. I haven’t even looked to see if they went after my pond plants again. Like I said, this will be a long battle. Sometimes victory is simply continuing the fight. Hearing night howls as no more than a sign that, in the morning, you may have to get wet. Knowing that as long as you keep up the fight, you will have pond plants.
You will also be wet. And muddy. Again. Only you know if pond plants are worth it. Me, I’m doing it for the papyrus.