3/24/11

The Yellow Rose and The Yellow Waterlily

The Yellow Rose of Texas.....It's a Flower...It's a Song...It's a Texas Symbol.
It's All of the Above!
This one is from the Rose Garden at the International Waterlily Collection in
My Town...San Angelo, Texas

The International Waterlily Collection has been designated by the International Waterlily & Water Gardening Society as a premiere collection of lilies in existence. This collection is the life work of one man with the mind of a scientist, the heart of a poet and the soul that embodies preserving waterlily heritage for the generations to come. His name is Ken Landon. Ken is only able to display about 1/2 of 1% of the collection each year so there is always something new and wondrous to see.

Wonderous to see is an understatement!  Here is the wonderous Yellow Waterlily called Texas Dawn!

The centers of the Lilies are Yellow and the Petals are a variety of colors.

 are the Crowning Glory of the collection.
The giant water platter Victoria has captured the imagination of the world from the very first glimpse of it in its wild South American home in l801. Named for Queen Victoria, it was nearly 50 years later that it was first brought to bloom in "captivity" in England, inspiring a wave of enthusiasm for its size and the beauty of its flowers. Victoria Amazonica

My Waterlily Photo Collection Slideshow...click HERE to view on Flicker.
All photos are taken by CollectInTexas Gal
(all rights reserved)

As much as I would have liked to have gotten in the pool to photograph the waterlilies, I stayed dry and shot all my photos hanging over the railing and getting as close as possible without falling in.

That's me standing by the Victoria Amazonica Pond.

The guy in the pond is the official Waterlily Collection Photographer.  I was lucky enough to visit during the International Waterlily Festival last September and catch him at work and giving a very informative commentary.

You can see more of his photographs on the International Waterlily Collection Website.


The Color Yellow in My Town
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