R U A Nymph-O-Maniac?

|Water Lily Center|

|Water Lily Center|

Did the post title get your attention? A little saucy isn't it?  It's not called The Plant Provocateur for nothin'.  Now let's unplug, unwind, and spend a little time down by the water.  I am so entranced by water lilies also botanically known as Nymphaea.  Get it?

|Water Lily Bud + Flower|

|Water Lily Bud + Flower|

If you've spent any time down by water's edge (usually a lake or pond) you may have seen these mysterious plants floating on the water hiding whatever is down below. Their leaves look so tranquil floating on the water.

|Water Lily Leaf + Water|

|Water Lily Leaf + Water|

And the way water looks beaded on their surface... so soothing and still it makes me want to melt into a pool of relaxation.

|Yellow Water Lily|

|Yellow Water Lily|

If you see them bloom you gotta look closer at what's going on.  So amazingly beautiful and if you can catch their intoxicating yet delicately sensual scent you're in for a euphoric experience.

|Blue Water Lily|

|Blue Water Lily|

The Egyptians believed when a blue water lily bloomed that seated in the center was a sun god, who began all life.  I must admit when I see water lilies in bloom they calm my many hectic moods.  They look so peaceful floating on the water's smooth glassy surface simply radiating beauty and don't we need a bit more of those elements in the world? Seriously.  Now the thing about water lilies you should know is that there are two types.  Hardy and Tropical.  The hardy can be grown just about anywhere from mild-winter to cold winter regions.  They'll bloom in warm weather and go dormant in the fall.  In cold winter weather you should cover the area you plant them to preserve them for the next spring.  The tropical grow later in the summer but their flowering last longer.  They go dormant in late autumn and if grown in areas with temperate to warm winters they should reappear the following year.  For your own personal water lily oasis try growing them outdoors in a cool old container or urn.  There's something very meditative and calming about having them outside on your balcony, deck, or even at the side of an entryway. Check them out online or locally (L.A.) Sunset Nursery.