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READER PHOTOS! Nancy’s garden in New York

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Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Nancy Ridenour

Today’s photos are from Nancy Ridenour in Ithaca, New York. She says, “About 10 years ago, I purchased 6 lotus plants from the Ithaca farmer’s market and placed them at the edge of my pond.  They quickly spread and now there are hundreds of plants that bloom abundantly each year. The flowers are splendid and attract many visitors.  I am scheduled for a Garden Conservancy tour next August.” Beautiful, Nancy, thanks for sharing! Nancy has a blog–check it out here!

2 WAYS TO ENLARGE!Click directly on the photo to enlarge in a pop-up, or click HERE to see this image, larger, in a new browser window.
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Nancy Ridenour
2 WAYS TO ENLARGE!Click directly on the photo to enlarge in a pop-up, or click HERE to see this image, larger, in a new browser window.
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Nancy Ridenour
2 WAYS TO ENLARGE!Click directly on the photo to enlarge in a pop-up, or click HERE to see this image, larger, in a new browser window.
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Nancy Ridenour
2 WAYS TO ENLARGE!Click directly on the photo to enlarge in a pop-up, or click HERE to see this image, larger, in a new browser window.
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Nancy Ridenour
2 WAYS TO ENLARGE!Click directly on the photo to enlarge in a pop-up, or click HERE to see this image, larger, in a new browser window.
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Nancy Ridenour
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  1. gottagarden 11/16/2011

    that's it! I'm buying some lotus!

  2. ncgardener 11/16/2011

    Beautiful blogsite and I love the idea of producing scarves with your images, you are definitely talented and have an eye for beauty.

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    meander_michaele 11/16/2011

    Oh, an attack of lotus blossom envy just hit me...I don't think there is an easy cure for such an affliction. There is something so majestic about that proud flower floating above the water.
    Nancy's blog is a real treat...click on any month and there are wonderful flower pictures to enjoy as well as other interesting subjects.

  4. studio27art 11/16/2011

    Thought you'd like to know that I did three paintings from a lily/lotus pond that is at the Sedgewick Gardens in Beverly, MA. Don't know if you can see it, Here is one of them on my blog:
    http://pinkchairpaintings.blogspot.com/2011/09/beautiful-garden.html

  5. cwheat000 11/16/2011

    amazing seed pods

  6. NancyRidenour 11/16/2011

    Thanks for your comments about the lotus pond and blog. I also have a website you might like to visit for more images of lotus and other flowers. http://nancyridenourartist.zenfolio.com

  7. Wife_Mother_Gardener 11/16/2011

    I am surprised these grow so far north, though clearly they are happy! What is their hardiness zone?

    Absolutely beautiful!

  8. pattyspencer 11/16/2011

    Your pond is so pretty. I never knew they had leaves tho. I just thought the pad was the pad and the lilly was the lilly. Never knew it had leaves as well.

  9. NancyRidenour 11/16/2011

    I was also surprised to see them growing in Ithaca, NY. Not sure about the hardiness zone, but they are sold at commercial establishments here. I do know they do not do well in the Caroga Lake area, which is higher elevation.

    Lotus definitely have leaves. The first leaf comes up in May/June and the larger one June/July. These are not the same leaves as a pond lily. Lotus grow up to 5' above the water.

  10. NancyRidenour 11/18/2011

    Thanks everyone for your comments. Next August 4th, this pond is on the Garden Conservancy tour if you are in the Ithaca Area. Come on by!

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