Friday, October 29, 2010

Blooming Friday- Water Flowers

This pink waterlily did not bloom for the seven years I had it. Later, I followed my friend Helen's (Islandgal) advice and it is blooming profusely now. On some days there are even four or five blooms.

These white waterlilies were blooming in a village pond, which was green with algae and some other tiny water plants.

The leaves of the Lotus have a special property- they never become wet. Earlier it was thought that this was because of a wax coating, but now we know that it is because of the tiny hairs present on the leaves, which make the water drops slide away. You can see the drops on the leaves in spherical shapes, ready to slide away.

The leaf of the lotus has special significance to Hindus and Buddhists because of this property of not getting wet or dirty. The yogi is supposed to be like a lotus leaf, not attached to anything , and not affected by anything in life.
Katarina at Roses and Stuff hosts the Blooming Friday meme.



35 comments:

  1. Gorgeous flowers and very interesting information about the lilies/lotus! Lovely post, beautiful photos! Hope you have a great day and a lovely weekend!

    Sylvia

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  2. Magnificent! It is so lovely, simple and clean looking.

    Lovely

    Tyra

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  3. The waterlilies are so beautiful...
    Have a nice weekwnd ;)

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  4. Oh, you are showing marvellous waterlilies! Beautiful with a nice sense of tranquility:)
    Have a nice weekend,
    Charlotta

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  5. Congratulations on your beautiful blooms LL!! Your stunning photos capture their beauty! Interesting to know more about the leaf and the qualities in reference to Buddhism. Have a lovely weekend! ;>)

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  6. just gorgeous Lotusleaf, you know how I love dem water lilies. LOL Have a great weekend!

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  7. Spectacular header picture.
    BTW, what was the advice your friend gave you?

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  8. Thans for the info about the leaves. I must admit I would have guessed wax and not hairs as a surface coating. Always good to learn something new!

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  9. Lovely waterlilies. I grow the Lotus and this year it has so far grown beautiful leaves now I am waiting for its flowers! Thanks for the information.

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  10. How interesting to read about the significance of this beautiful flower and its leaves. I remember your "before" photo. What a drastic change after taking Helen's advice. Your photos are stunning!

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  11. Have never seen these waterlilys before. Beautyful!
    Tjingeling Monica

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  12. Water lilys is beautiful, I like them too.

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  13. I didn't know that Lotus leaves never get wet, only that they are beautiful to look at. :) I *love* your waterlily. I haven't seen one with a flower like that or one with such a long flower stalk.

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  14. Hey what is the trick to get them blooming?
    My purple one blooms but not the white one.
    Please mail me:
    indrani.gh@gmail.com

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  15. I love your pink waterlilys.. so beatiful.. =). Have a nice weekend.. Moa

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  16. Thanks friends, for your comments. I'm sorry I can't answer each one.

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  17. I just love those water lilies! So pure and clean, surrounded by water.

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  18. Lovely waterlilys. I´m a little late to visit blooming friday, but I wisch you a happy week /Gela

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