The morning after the serious merienda, followed by the Surf, Turf and Sky Meal a la Marketman, we had yet another huge meal for breakfast and after that we just had to take a walk around the property or physically explode. The home that we were visiting that weekend has one of the best private gardens in the Philippines that I have had the privilege to see/experience, with seemingly endless vistas, centuries old trees and masses of plants everywhere. One of the types of plants the homeowner is extremely proud of are these lotus plants. I donâ€™t know much about them except that they grow in water, the blooms have some fantastic transformations and they come in many different varieties. In fact, on a trip to Bangkok a few years ago, together with the friends whose family own this weekend home, we came across some rather unusual lotus plants at a market and they decided to take some home for their mom. After we purchased several plants and snuck them back to the hotel, the question was how to keep them happy until we flew back to Manila!
The solution? Stick them in the TUB of this rather posh, five star hotel overnight until the flight home! Letâ€™s just say I think the roomboy was justly compensated for keeping this quietâ€¦ heehee, I have done equally outrageous things I supposeâ€¦ but the plants made it back to Manila and in fact have thrived and been propagated into dozens and dozens of lotusesâ€¦ I am not sure if the flowers in these photos are the progeny of the lotuses that came back with us on that trip to Bangkok, but I wrote this post because it is the first time that I have photos of a lotus flower in all the various stages of developmentâ€¦ and I personally find it tremendously fascinating. Visually it is such a graceful flower, first reserved, tight and strong. Then it opens up into a RIOT of a bloom, so lush, so intense so in your face, almost more flamboyant than a peony at full bloom. Then you get the unusually shaped seed pod that is sometimes used in floral arrangements but which also houses the precious seeds from which even more lotuses shall emerge. Ah, if only I had a green thumbâ€¦ also, I was a bit concerned about breeding mosquitos in the water at the base of the plantsâ€¦ but truly, these were beautiful flowers!