I just love my lotus plant. The large leaves. The exquisite bloom. The pods that stay after the petals fall off. I love it in every stage.
It blooms in the summer. I always wish it would bloom in the spring, but summer is its season. It bloomed yesterday for the first time this year. Which is a couple of weeks earlier than it bloomed last year. I don't know if we're early this year from all the heat and drought, or we were behind last year from all the cold and rain - either way, I was thrilled to see it blooming!
Not knowing much about lotus plants, I wasn't sure if I could keep it alive, but it has thrived in the years I've owned it. I put a fertilizer pellet made especially for water plants in its pot each spring, and miraculously, it blooms without fail.
Other lotus plants that I've purchased through the mail have bloomed the first year, but didn't return. This lotus is better than pretty. It's dependable!
I found this lotus several years ago at a retail establishment specializing in garden decor. I didn't buy any arbors, benches, or gazing balls that day. I was in love with the lotus. Although not technically for sale, the owner sweetly sold it to me. Never underestimate the power of enthusiastic desire!