The Blue Lotus Water Gardens is a truly inspirational place and a mind blowing creation. There is no doubt in my mind that this is one of Australia’s best aquatic gardens.
As far as the eye can see there are constant pools filled with beautiful waterlilies and lotus plants in full bloom.
The gardens are constructed on 14 acres of land and within the gardens there are dozens of small ponds and two main lakes, one named ‘Lotus Lake’ which is situated at the very end of the property.
Throughout the gardens there are a few enclosed greenhouse areas that encase new varieties of aquatic lilies and weather sensitive varieties.
The best time to come and see the Blue Lotus Water Gardens is in February to early April, to get the absolute best out of your trip.
Most of the waterlilies and lotus varieties are flowering during the Australian summer because of the consistent heat at this time of year.
The flowers stand proudly above the water and have a brilliant
vibrancy whilst giving off a slight fragrance
On display was the famous Giant Water Liliy, Victoria amazonica and what a truly remarkable plant!!!
The foliage grows easily to 2.5 meters, roughly 8 feet, and the Victoria amazonicas that I was able to witness were about 1.8 -2 meters wide, quite an impressive size.
Victoria amazonica has large circular leaves that are strong enough to hold and support the weight of a child without plummeting below the water’s surface. This is because of what is on the underside of the foliage. If you were to flip the foliage over you would find long stalks that have ‘anchored’ themselves to the main stems at the bottom of the pond, thus making it incredibly strong and making it easy to distribute the weight evenly across the surface of the leaf.
Victoria amazonica has cream flowers which bloom only at night.
Unfortunately I didn’t visit the gardens at night so I was unable to witness the flowers, but in complete honesty that didn’t bother me in the slightest. Being able to witness the pure size of the foliage was extraordinary in itself.
If you are interested in visiting the Gardens here is a link for further information.
By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs
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