Are you attracted to the ethereal and the far from average? Behold the magical lotus, which reveals itself in the summer, and then only briefly, from morning till mid afternoon. At night, it dips beneath the murky pond once again. It was a fascination for Ganna Walska who assembled an exotic garden in California with a water garden of lotuses.
The interestingly complex grid that tops the pod is artfully replicated in our pendants. Pink, blue, and white lotuses all hold different meanings for different religions. Orchard goes for the gold, delicately carved, and gleaming with seven Swarovski crystals. Just like Ganna would like it, full of character.
“I am an enemy of the average.” – Ganna Walska (who one person said was the Diana Vreeland of the gardening world.)
These delicate pod earrings, with hooks, pair well with just about anything, swinging from your ears like ancient Egyptian amulets. The Swarovski crystals add a bit of shimmer to a non-dressy Saturday. But they can also easily switch into night time mode.
Nelumbo nucifera (lotus) is the national flower of India and Vietnam. It was also highly regarded by ancient Egyptians. It is still an important symbol in Buddhism and Hinduism.
It seems lotuses can get a fever. It’s been found that the flowers can regulate their temperature within a few degrees, just as humans do.
A lotus can live for a thousand years.
Water lilies and lotuses are often mistaken for each other.
Three gardens with extraordinary lotuses are Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey; Innisfree Garden in Millbrook, New York; and Ganna Walska’s Lotusland in Santa Barbara, California.