Waterlily, Monet and the Impressionists
We just watched "The Impressionists", a BBC production on the life of Monet and his contemporaries. The film was full of embarrassing and expected art one liners but the period costumes, lighting and cinematography were terrific as was Monet's garden and pond at Giverny. They mentioned in the film that Monet had collected all the varieties of waterlilies he could get his hands on. I would have thought there were only one or two kinds in the pond but apparently not so. So where am I going with this?
We have three very common Nymphaea in our ponds - a white, pink and yellow. The pink ones are blooming now and will probably bloom intermittently throughout the summer. The flower has substance and weight unlike most terrestrial blooms. Mostly because water supports the flower so it has the luxury of excess. Nevertheless, quite beautiful with its subtle color change and shocking yellow center. The dark green of its leaves and black water only help to make it stand out more.