“Floating Flowers”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
Water feature – it seems that everyone has one but me. One of the reasons I would love to have a pond is to grow water lilies and lotus plants. Saturday’s garden show at the New Orleans Botanical Gardens just reinforced my desire for a pond. Of course, I can’t have one as big as theirs, but I sure would love to stroll around a pond and see these lovelies.
The water-lily starts and slides
Upon the level in little puffs of wind,
Tho’ anchor’d to the bottom.
I like not only the flowers but also the leaves. Having more than just plain green lily pads is a plus for these plants. Speaking of green lily pads, I always find the giant water lily (Victoria amazonica) fascinating. They are so big! The bigger ones in the photo below are about four feet across.
Theses “platters” have spines all along the underside to deter plant-eating fish. This smaller one below shows the spines along the edges which haven’t flattened out yet.
I really do enjoy seeing unusual plants that I can’t or don’t grow, and visiting this water garden certainly helped make the day.