Anyone else feeling slightly jaded about the fact that this week effectively contains two Mondays? Yeah. Me too. So, to help ease you past the second-Monday-but-not-actually-Monday midday slump, here are some lotuses and water lilies (including ‘Ray Davies’ (but, no, not that Ray Davies)) currently in bloom as part of Monet’s Garden. Hope it helps!~AR
Anna Laurent’s quest to obtain the most prized seed pod in her collection—that of the lotus flower—leads her through curio shops in Chelsea, daydreams of Far Eastern market stalls, and the garden of a botanically-inclined opera singer known as Madame Walska. It’s a pleasant story to tie into the case of this strange, well-adapted (and edible) plant. —MN
As the pod of the lotus matures to a dry brown and its compartments open up, it bends toward the water and releases its seeds. Each is then carried off to start a life elsewhere (which can take some time—sometimes decades—as lotus seeds are notoriously stubborn when it comes to germination).
So there’s that. —MN
A pretty waterlily from the Courtyard of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory for your Friday evening.