Nature Friday ~ August 16, 2019

Is it just me or is August flying by? Seems like only yesterday that it was the 4th of July. At any rate, we’ve breezed through to another Friday. And if it’s Friday, that means we’re joining our fur-iends, Rosy and her brothers from LLB in our Backyard.

WaterlilyThis week is all about waterlilies. A recent trip to the Denver Botanical Gardens proved this is prime time for viewing these plants. Frenchman Joseph Bory Latour-Marliac (1830-1911) often considered the father of hardy waterlily hybridizing, creating over 100 hybrids in a rainbow of colors using species from around the world, including North America, as parent plants. Until the introduction of these hybrids, most people in Europe were only familiar with their native white-flowering hardy waterlily, Nymphaea alba.

WaterlilyIn 1889, Latour-Marliac displayed many of his new waterlilies at the World Fair in Paris, where they won first prize and caught the attention of one Claude Monet. Monet placed an order with Latour-Marliac’s nursery (which still operates to this day in Le Temple-sur-Lot, France) and soon thereafter, planted them in his new garden in Giverny. The rest is history.

WaterlilyThe Botanic Gardens’ collection includes twenty of Latour-Marliac’s historically significant hybrids in its own “Monet Pool” that were originally introduced in the gardens in the early 1900’s.

Waterlily

The day was sunny and bright (not the best for picture taking) but the reflections were stunning on the still water. The ducks were actively skimming the sides of the pool for whatever it is that ducks eat and dragonflies flitted about enjoying the sunshine and warm temperatures.

Waterlily

Hope you enjoyed strolling through one of my favorite areas at the Denver Botanical Gardens. Enjoy a fabulous weekend and don’t forget to enjoy some nature yourself.

Nature Friday

Live, love, bark! 🐾

53 thoughts on “Nature Friday ~ August 16, 2019

  1. Aren’t they pretty, and that last photo is stunning! Monet has been my favorite painter ever since I did an essay on him in college. I don’t remember that particular story though!

    1. Thanks. Yes, Monet is a favorite of many of us. An exhibit of his is coming to Denver this Autumn and I already have tickets to see it. {swoon}

    1. Thanks, Binky. Water lilies are one of my favorites and being around the pool makes me feel cooler even if it’s still in the upper 90’s F. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a great upcoming week.

    1. The closest I’ve ever come is seeing a dragonfly hovering over them. DBG fhas a lovely selection of these incredible plants.

    1. I used to live a block and a half away from the gardens and always said if I ever one the lottery, I wanted to live in that white high-rise.

    1. They do. I love going to the gardens and with the membership can go as often as I want. Even if I’m just there for 45 minutes or so (it has gotta pretty crazy busy with scads of visitors), it’s well worth the time spent.

        1. There was a really terrific piece on Public Broadcasting last week about the history of the gardens; showing some early images of the building of the Boettcher conservancy and sharing some amazing facts about the gardens. I had no idea!

    1. Next to the Japanese garden, it’s my favorite spot to relax. Happy weekend to you as well!

  2. Thanks for the beautiful pics and the story. Always was intrigued with Monet’s waterlilies. Happy weekend to you and yes August just kind of blinked and now its almost gone!!

    1. Seems like it, doesn’t it? Before you know it, I’ll be whinging about the cold though with day after day of 90+ degrees, that seems impossible. 😂

    1. Aww shucks. You’re very kind. One of these days I plan to get to the gardens on the early bird opening for members. The light is so much better than at 10 am.

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