I have been watching the lotus progress over the last month. First are the flat leaves that mimic those of water lilies. Then the upright leaves emerge that resemble umbrellas with the stem in the middle that allows them to sway in a slight breeze. The bud comes later and starts to enlarge.
This morning, I found 7 in bloom! This is always an exciting time of year, since the lotus is a gorgeous flower and because it is the name for my artistic studio, Lotus Studios.
Here are a few photos to enjoy, along with one of a mini water lily.