Watery Wednesday #155: Italian Garden

Lily pads in the Italian Garden, Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina. August 5, 2011.

(Note:  All pictures may be enlarged by clicking on them once or twice.)

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I’ve posted a couple of times about the Italian Gardens at the Biltmore Estate near Asheville, North Carolina, where we celebrated Betsy’s birthday.

Koi and reflections in an Italian Garden pool, Biltmore. August 5. 2011. (Photo by Betsy).

The Italian Garden is a water garden with three pools filled with water lilies like the ones above.  The pools also contain Koi, which Betsy captured along with a reflection of the cloudy sky.

Water lily in the Italian Garden, Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina. August 5, 2011.

The water lilies were beautiful and showed some of the most vibrant colors I have seen in water lilies.

Water lily in the Italian Garden, Biltmore. August 5, 2011.

I liked the color of this lily as well as the reflection in the water.  The bee in the blossom was a nice bonus.

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18 Responses to “Watery Wednesday #155: Italian Garden”

  1. diane Says:

    It is hard to beat the beauty of a lily pond. I hope the gardens weren’t damaged in the storm.

  2. The Incredible Woody Says:

    Love those blue ones! Just beautiful!

  3. madrassi Says:

    Beautiful! I loved the first one… Amazing cloud refection in the fish pool.

  4. Rose Says:

    Oh, these are wonderful…those lily pads do not even look real.

  5. mom of M&MS Says:

    simply adore that blue water lily.. amazing capture

  6. Indrani Says:

    I have the purple variety, they refuse to bloom often though.

  7. Kim,USA Says:

    That is just pretty. Love the water lily too.

    Watery Wednesday

  8. Sandra Says:

    gorgeous and i love the purple one best of all

  9. chubskulit Says:

    Beautiful captures, I love the first one.

    Watery Wednesday at my page, please come and see. Have a wonderful day!

  10. MB Says:

    A pretty lily pond. I have never see purple/blue lilies. Nice.

    Up in the mts by Mt. Baker there is a little Lake called Lilypad Lake. I will have to post a pic of it. Thanks for reminding me. LOL MB

  11. Sylvia Kirkwood Says:

    Fantastic captures, George! Love the lilies, such beautiful, colorful flowers and reflections! The shot of the koi is terrific! Hope your day is going well! Enjoy!


  12. Ginny Hartzler Says:

    Such beautiful pictures, George! The fish are swimming in the sky! And the water lilies, I have only seen white. The mauve one seems to be lit and glowing from within.

  13. ewok1993 Says:

    oh so pretty, especially the first one. it looks like a miniature too.

  14. Carletta Says:

    Oh my, that pinkiskh purple lily is stunning!
    I have a white one in our yard pond but I may need to find a colorful one after seeing these. 🙂

  15. SandyCarlson (USA) Says:

    What a gorgeous place. Or should I say palace? The Biltmore came into a book I read recently, Devil in the White City. Olmstead was working on the landscape design while he was helping out with the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893. Small world!

  16. Neal Says:

    Gorgeous pictures. I absolutely love that first picture when enlarged. So simple…yet so beautiful.

  17. Kathy Says:

    How beautiful! And yet another reason to visit Biltmore. Have you ever visited the Italian Garden at Butchard Gardens in Victoria? It is splendid!

  18. Loren Says:

    What gorgeous and vibrant colors!! They look like Silk…the lilly pads are just amazing and the lilies….I have never seen such a beautiful color ! You have done it yet again George! What a gift your photography brings to so many! thank you!

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