Water Lily A Water Lily in our garden pond ~ Pygmaea Rubra Photos taken from 14th to 26th June 2012 Share this:LinkedInMoreEmailRedditPinterestFacebookTwitterLike this:Like Loading... Related
gorgeous, looks very like my “Baby Red”, small and bright 🙂
Yes small and bright, it shines out at you doesn’t it
How trully beautiful. I would love to have a large poster of that cheerful flower.
I had a lily as a screensaver ages ago – a puple coloured one that I saw one time in India, if I hadn’t taken the photo myself I would have sworn it had been photoshopped, the colours were so vivid!
Gorgeous – particularly the opening bud. Loved them – well of course I would, waterlilies being second only to Lotus in my list of favourite flowers:)
Thank you, I don’t know much about pond plants and their close relations but lotus are stunning
I also like that they’re so useful! Just yesterday I had a marvellous lotus root curry … 🙂
Those photos are stunning great camera work
Thanks BAM, I’ve been sitting on our steps in the garden willing it to open for several weeks, patience was definitely needed 🙂
Those are lovely! Reminds me so much of home as they grow everywhere in our ponds.
That must be a wonderful sight – lots of lovely ponds with pretty flowers, I know I’d feast my eyes on those!
Absolutely beautiful and soothing my friend 🙂
Choc Chip Uru
You’re welcome choccy 🙂
How beautiful and what a great idea to show it to us through the process of opening. Stunning colour too!
Thanks Tanya, it’s such a strong colour I’m sur eyou could see it fo rmiles if it wasn’t so small 🙂
How beautiful. Great job. 🙂
Thank you 🙂
Stunning photos! I just adore summer and being outside to linger in all that vibrant color!
The pond is at home in our small garden and I can sit sipping my morning cup of tea watching it, a lovely way to start the day Deb!
so beautiful, I have a tropical garden & have some of these, but they don’t look like yours. I guess they want to be in a pond. I have them in big pots. Thanks for sharring,
Oh a tropical garden sounds wonderous! I must come and take a look at your blog. I have friends who grow them the in big pots or barrels and they seem to do ok, this is a small one (our pond is tiny) and it’s been planted for 3 years and flowered once last year and now this year, so I’m hoping for more. I have to say my knowledge on water gardens is as small as our pond!
Ooops, I forgot my manners! Thanks for popping in and commenting 🙂
Claire, I just checked out your post again, and just love those water Lily flowers. They are so beautiful. Thanks for commenting on my blog BTW.
You’re welcome Jess, so pleased you like the photos and the lilly. And you have reminded me I need to pop along and see what you have been up to in your garden!
Oh.. how gorgeous.. I would love to have a little pond, just so I could float these little water lily’s on them. Beautiful photography here as well, Claire! xoxo
Thanks Smidge, you can grow these in barrels or large pots, but I don’t know how well they cope with the cold? Maybe there’s someone clever reading this who could tell us!!
I think they’d have to overwinter in the house.. as all beautiful little blooms do up north here!
Wonderful photos of a beautiful flower. My dream house will have a reflecting pool filled with water lilies — and gardeners — and a bartender. 😉
and a cheese maker and an olive crusher.. !
Uh oh I think this list could grow and grow. Can we add a pool with a pool guy too, oh and a masseuse on tap, I’m partial to a pedicure as well and then someone to hold my book at the right angle would be rather delicious. Hmmm maybe we should stop at the bartender and olive crusher 🙂
this is a fantastic sequence, and the colours are just divine! c
Thanks Celi – it’s a bit in your face really, the word subtle is a bit lost on this water lily!
What a beautiful ‘time-lapse’ series of photos and such a lovely flower. Thank you for posting 🙂
Thank you, I’ve been willing it to open for weeks!!
So beautiful…a great set of photos!
Thank you – i think our thanks should go to mother nature really!!
So glad you let us see the lovely sequence together instead of a day at a time. I would have been dancing with impatience.
Hi Alice, thank goodness I did otherwise you’d have been all danced out by the time the finale came around – it took weeks to open (it was so cold here!!) – unless of course you are some kind of olympic dancer 😉
How beautiful to see that you photographed the sequencing. I haven’t really done that with mine. The lily I use as my avatar is from our water garden, and looks very similar, doesn’t it! I find it an interesting challenge to keep the water from becoming too cloudy with algae, but if I over-correct than the lilies and lotus don’t bloom. They need the nutrients! Does you do anything in particular with your lilies over the winter? Ours die back, but since the water doesn’t freeze we don’t do anything more. I’d assume you’d have to protect it? Lovely photos, Claire!
Oh Debra, I can learn from you! I know NOTHING about water gardening, it’s totally new to me, and it’s been pot luck so far! What do you use to balance things out? I’ve tried using barley straw to help control algae which to be honest hasn’t really worked very well. And the oxygenating plants I added got swallowed up by the algae!! So it’s a miracle I’ve got this lily at all.
The pond does freeze over, but not very often and not very deeply – we don’t have any fish in it, just a few mouldy looking plants and a lot of blooming green stuff that I fish out every now and then when it looks like it’s on a takeover bid! It’s also a small pond, and the garden is fairly sheltered with cobbled walls so we miss a lot of the worst weather.
and I’ve always loved your avatar – so pretty and bright 🙂
These pictures are stunning! Nice work 🙂
Thank you, it’s been a fun project to photograph!
They are beautiful but can be the death of Florida’s lake and ponds. An overbloom prevents light from getting to water plants bottoms of ponds. They rot and consume the oxygen which results in fisk kill and loss habitat for reptiles and amphibians. Then bamboo and other trees encroach at the shore and soon all the water is gone. It happens with fertilizer and animal waste run off too.
Hi Carl, it just shows you how delicate the balance of nature is and our impact on it. A fellow blogger – Big House Small Garden blogs about the Florida waterways and everglades and the impact of farming and fertilisers and of course all the housing developments and golf courses. I had no idea that all that went on to such an extent in Florida.
Thank you Betsy 🙂
How lovely! And the color is amazing–we only have white here.
We deliberately chose a red / pink one to help brighten things up, but whatever the colour I always think they are beautiful 🙂
Beautiful Photos:) Have a Lovely Day!
Thank you and I hope to !
lovely to see the progress as her beauty unfolds. We have mostly white ones here!
I think the white ones are beautiful and calming
Exquisite! I reckon you should enlarge and frame the sequence of shots – too beautiful!
Oh that’s a great idea – have them all in a row and printed up into one large print. Thank you Mandy!
So beautiful, how could one look at the final photo and not think “pure perfection” . Thanks for sharing it unfolding. (So very inspiring to see!)
“pure perfection” – I think you have something there Betsy!
What a lovely series of photos…great job.
Thank you Karen, this waterlily tested my patience, every morning I’d look for signs of change!
Thanks Yummy 🙂
Huh, I was SURE I left you a comment on this…
Anyway, just wanted to echo everyone else – the sequence of the bloom was a wonderful idea. I’d love to have lillies!
He he I know what you mean, that’s happened to me too ! And thank you Marie 🙂
Really stunning sequence of those gorgeous lilies opening to the sun, Claire! I have a little pond…I think I need a little lily! xo
I think you need a lily too!! Look out for a small kind, ours took a while before it flowered, but it was worth the wait 🙂