In the heat and drought of this summer in Texas, Cindy and I traveled to San Angelo for my eldest sons wedding. As you can see from the image below it was so hot and dry the prickly pear cacti were even shriveling from the lack of aqua.
Some of you have seen the images I photographed in the serene setting of Cristoval Vineyards and Winery. But, when I was there I also visited the International Waterlily Collection on my way home, almost as an afterthought. Cindy asked me where I was going after we left the hotel, probably wondering what wild gardening goose chase are we on now! "Do you know we have 500 miles to drive?" In other words I got the look. "Well, honey I want to visit the world famous International Water Lily Collection" I replied matter of factually.
I got the look again
Well after we finally got there, we both enjoyed it immensely. (At least I think I/we did? Didn't you honey?) Seriously it was a pleasant surprise.
I'm sure many of the Texas bloggers have given previous posts about this little gem of a public park so I won't go into a full blown description. Below is a link to a pdf file describing the exhibition.
This blog post title was derived from a video about the 'Texas Dawn' water lilly created at the San Angelo park which in April 2011 was selected as the official waterlily plant of Texas. Interesting video.
Since this visit was in early October the lily's were in full bloom. I won't show all the photos but a few of the high points.
Tropical lily pads.
Texas shell pink? I think
Awesome flowers! Some of the most beautiful I've ever seen.
Well, I'm getting the look, time to wander back home.