Sunday, 12 August 2018

Sacred lotus


I popped over to RHS Harlow Carr Gardens specifically to see this rare flower in bloom - the sacred lotus (Nelumbo nucifera). They are native to Asia. It is believed to be the first time one of these plants has ever flowered so far north in the UK. The RHS gardeners are putting it down to the sustained hot, dry weather we've had this summer. Apparently it needs temperatures over 20C minimum to grow and flower successfully.  Hot weather is not my most favourite of conditions, it has to be said, but they say that every cloud has a silver lining and it was a joy and privilege to see this graceful, attractive flower.

The plant is growing in the recently revamped Edwardian pond, amongst the more familiar waterlilies, which were tightly closed up when I visited due to the dull and drizzly weather conditions that day. In the photo below you can perhaps see the conical seedhead (on the left) of the first lotus flower that bloomed. It has been followed by two more buds. Each flower only lasts four days or so, so I was fortunate to catch the last one at its peak. (The one on the right is starting to shrivel and lose colour.)



6 comments:

  1. I love these sacred lotus flowers which we saw flowering prolifically in Sri Lanka this past June. They grow in various shades of pink and also in a very vivid purple colour that has an intense luminosity to it.

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  2. Scared Lotus looks beautiful! Love the color. Also the small pond in the middle looks beautiful:)

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  3. Water lilies of any kind are lovely to see, and how grand it is to have a rare species to admire.

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  4. The whole pool is so wonderfully classic looking and so comforting to see. Lotus are a wonderful artful flower. I have seen them in large plantings and it is so great to see.

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  5. That would be a pretty special sight. Your photo of the lotus flower is a good one. I always enjoy water lilies, and I don't know if I would recognize the difference with a lotus flower.

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