Viewed from the top the petals look like a bow, the finishing touch on a beautifully wrapped present.
There is a superstition that says if you smell a tiger lily you will get freckles. And I know the rest of that story!
Sometimes called the ditch lily because of its abundance along roadsides where water is plentiful. The wildflower variety of this plant propagates through tubers while its cousin the ornamental lily grows on tuberous roots.
Water lilies were also in abundance throughout the garden's ponds. It was reminiscent of a Monet painting, only one that you could touch.
Water lilies play an important role in the natural habitat providing shade and cooling the water allowing for more dissolved oxygen. It also provides hiding places for small aquatic creatures.
Nestled in amongst the water lily's leaves were these adorable frogs. Poking their heads out to say hello.
American Indians used the roots of these plants to make flour and then baked it into pancakes. The young leaves and flower buds were eaten as vegetables and seeds as fruit.
Gardening is the slowest of the performing arts.