Last week I visited the hortus botanicus in Amsterdam. This old botanical garden is an oasis of peace in the busy city.
As I walk toward the pond my heart jumps for joy. The lotus is flowering! In my opinion the lotus is the most beautiful flower in the world. It has been at least 25 years since I saw a lotus flowering! I immediately sit down on the bench next to the pond and start writing this blog to capture this delightful moment.
The diameter of the pond is approximately 5 m. Dozens of dragonflies are flying across the water surface. Occasionally a cabbage butterfly swirls around. The lotus flowers gently sway back and forth in the wind.
Everything about this plant is beautiful. The stem of the circular leafs are, quite rare, in the middle. The leaf surface is waxy. The water droplets on it are shining like pearls. This particular lotus has a serene white colour. The extraordinary seedpods are visible In the middle of the flower.
These dried seedpods you sometimes find in flower arrangements. You can hear the seeds rattle when you shake the ripe seedpods.
You might be tempted to sow some lotus seeds, but unfortunately, that will not work for me. The lotus needs a heated pool of at least 20 degrees C. Even for the most beautiful flower in the world, I think that is too much of a hassle.
That's why I just sit on the bench.
Watching, and enjoying the moment!
Later, the seed pod....
..turns into green
Seed pod, very decorative.
Droplets on the leaves.
The pond in the botanical garden of Amsterdam.
In my opinion, the most beautiful flower.
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