What’s with the lotuses?

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[couldn’t get a photo while driving so I borrowed this awesome one from RockInsider.com]

The 30th Lotus Festival is a mere two weeks away, yet I drove by Echo Park Lake today and the lotuses are occupying about 25% of their usual space.

A few are blooming – maybe a dozen – but that’s nothing compared to the usual population of that entire end of the lake.

Anybody know what gives?

More info on Lotus Festival:

Friday, July 13, 2007 – 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
(Fireworks at 9:00 p.m.)
Saturday, July 14, 2007 – 12:00 noon to 9:00 p.m.
(Fireworks at 9:00 p.m.)
Sunday, July 15, 2007 – 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m.
(Dates coincide with the anticipated blooming of the Lotus Flower but plenty are already blooming)

7 Replies to “What’s with the lotuses?”

  1. Same thing happened last year too. There were *maybe* three or four flowers, and that was it, during the festival. Looks like the same thing may be happening again this year.

  2. On the contrary Mike; while the lotuses were late in blooming last year, the lagoon was chock full of ’em. This year’s crop is a drastic reduction.

    And Ben’s gotta be kidding about the lack of rain, right? The things live in a water supply whose level remains constant be it drought or deluge. The water’s quality might be a factor but not the level of precipitation.

  3. you’re right, Will — I misunderstood and thought Ruth666 was referring to the late bloom. I haven’t been by Echo Park lately to see if there are simply fewer lotuses (loti?) all together…

  4. Last year’s late bloom was supposedly caused by a cooler than usual spring. This year’s condition is entirely different (as noted above): far less overall vegetation than normal.

    My suspicions run to something in the water or a problem with the harvest of dead vegetation after last season.

  5. The blooming’s right on schedule – no different than any other year – but reduction in the number of plants is drastic.

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