While on a special mission to the Brooklyn Museum yesterday, I couldn’t help but take advantage of the spectacular July weather to pop next door to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden to see the water lilies and lotus.
My first encounter with a pool of lotus was far different. On a steamy July day in Japan, a friend and I took the train to Kamakura which is about an hour south of Tokyo. In the same precincts as the Great Buddha of Kamakura is an exquisite lotus filled pond. You can visit it also with this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mSWDXv2m5AI love that you can go ‘home’ again!
This plant has gone to seed. The seed cups are prized by floral designers. In this picture, every stage of its development is present. I’ve never seen anyone use these gorgeous leaves in a floral design but wouldn’t it be fun?
Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) is the national flower of India and Vietnam. It figures hugely in Asian art and culture as the symbol of purity. The roots grow in muddy water of ponds or riverbeds but the flowers rise above clean and bright.
At the BBG water lilies are also in bloom with the lotus. This variety is called “Peach Glow” and for good reason, don’t you think?