Today, when I woke up in the morning, the leg that I had hurt pained less; but it needed a lot more resting than I expected, and I also needed to tighten the bandage. My husband, who was walking on the terrace, came inside the house to inform me that the lotus bud had become bigger. Limping, I went outside to see it, and yes, it was bigger. It may bloom today or tomorrow, I thought, and limped back inside.
Today being cloudy, there were faint chances that the first lotus bud would bloom. By 10:00 AM or later, the Sun came out, and I went to the terrace garden to soak in the Sun. That's when I saw that the first lotus bud had bloomed. Oh, I got emotional! I limped back inside the house to take my camera. I clicked a lot of photos of this lovely flower.
I planted the lotus plant about six months ago. The plant was tiny, and I wondered if it would grow healthy. The Water Lilies have settled down, and have several blooms. Well, I hoped that the lotus plant would grow too. Almost everyday, I see the plant; check it's leaves and secretly hope for a bud to appear. And when the bud did appear, I was thrilled. So, the experiment was successful - Water Lilies and Lotus. Cheers to that!
Here are the photos showing different stages of the lotus bud - morning, afternoon, and evening.
|On July 7, 2011|
|On July 8, 2011|
|On July 11, 2011|
|Spectacular arrangement of petals|
|In full bloom|
|Closing for the day|