The lotus at Botanica were blooming. I had seen lotus plants at Botanica and other gardens before but never seen the blooms. In China, we saw lotus is parks and public gardens. The Summer Palace in Beijing is full of them. But not in bloom. We even ate lotus in China (it's a crunchy vegetable added to stir-fry and is full of interesting little holes). But today was the first time I had seen lotus blooms and I was impressed! The flowers are HUGE, bigger than my head, and so graceful and beautiful. Now I wish I could see the lotus gardens at the Summer Palace in bloom. It must be breath taking.