A profusion of water lilies



Profusion is a lovely word, isn’t it?  And certainly one you can apply to these water lilies.  Right now I’m feeling like I’ve had a profusion of summer days.  I know it can’t last but I love it. Recently I visited Burnby Hall Gardens, in the village of Pocklington in Yorkshire.  Home to the National Collection of over 100 varieties of water lily, it’s all about profusion.  Be prepared to be dazzled!




In case you hadn’t guessed, this is my entry for Paula’s Thursday’s Special.  ‘Pick a word’, says Paula.  I think she’d probably agree that it’s a ‘brilliant’ display.  And did you spot the heart?


    1. Sorry, Cathy- I’ve just noticed all your comments! Dad was here for a couple of hours then I had 10 more minutes in the garden before the sun moves too far round. Just researching and writing tomorrow’s post. 🙂 We visited some beautiful gardens this summer.

    1. I have to admit, I was blown away myself when I saw the sheer volume of water lilies, Dianne. They were magical. Thanks, darlin’. Hope life is treating you ok. 🙂 🙂

  1. I am dazzled by your profusion of amazing water lily shots, Jo. The colors, the shapes, the immensity and quantity of them, just lovely. I can almost smell them… I saw a few during our long country drive yesterday, but did not tell my husband to stop so I could take a photo. It is much easier to enjoy yours! 🙂

    Liesbet @ Roaming About

  2. I did spot a heart, Jo! These are incredibly gorgeous in their many colors and pad shapes. I have half a dozen in my back pond and feel like that’s a treasure. These overwhelm! I honestly wouldn’t have guessed there were more than one hundred varieties that would all grow thrive in one climate! Delightful!

    1. Ha! We both know you couldn’t run fast enough 🙂 🙂 I could post the other 50 or so and link to you if you’d like? There was a Stumpery which was quite interesting too but you can read about that in the blurb.

  3. How beautiful!

    Do you have alligators over there? The last time I saw this many water lilies in one place, there were even more alligators peeking out from under them.

    That looks like a wonderful place that you visited. My favorite of the water lilies pictured are the pink ones (images 9380, 9382, 9384). 🙂

    Have a blessed day!

      1. You’re welcome and I don’t blame you! I’m glad that you don’t have to worry about those fascinating, but terrifying, creatures. There is a park relatively close to us (about 30 miles) that has thousands of alligators. There was one beside my foot while on the path once and I didn’t even know it. Had I moved even one inch over to the right, my foot would have been in its mouth. Scary thought. It was an exciting adventure. Those days are long behind me now, though. I want to take the risky shots, but I don’t want to be someone’s snack, either. 🙂

  4. Lol, you have perfect taste, I took some photos of lily pads a couple of weeks ago and could have done a very similar post (not written as well though!) Yet another place I’d like to go to in Yorkshire, I love watery gardens and the yellow lily is like one I had in my old pond, it was fragrant, were any of these? I see you nearly fell in, Daisy the dog did, she got too enthusiastic about a coot, so then of course I had to let Dido in as well to cool off 🙂 I hope you’re having a good week darling, the weather has changed here, rainy and grey with a little sun and very humid.

    1. You’re just going to have to visit Yorkshire one day, Gilly. Did you see ‘your’ heart? 🙂 🙂 I don’t think any were fragrant but I was focusing more on balance than smell! There were some huge fish lurking in there and looking hungry. A couple of youngsters in wellies nearly got eaten! Thanks, darlin’. Thursday evening hugs!

    2. Um, I think there’s telepathy going on, I buy digestive biscuits about one in five years, but I bought a packet yesterday on my way to work and with the help of a friend scoffed half the packet!

  5. Fabulous! I love your photos and the colors and compisitions and collection as a whole. What a wonderful way to start my day. Profusion f beauty indeed. Was it Monet or Manet who did thise stunning paintings of waterlilies? Your first few photographs made me think of those incredible paintings. I guess artists have been inspired by water lilies for a long time. So lovely. Thanks!


    1. The Monet garden in Giverny is fabulous, Peta. We were there for our Silver Wedding 2 years ago. I’ve always wanted to see those water lilies and they didn’t disappoint. These were lovely too 🙂

  6. Beautiful!
    When there are floods north of Buenos Aires, the rivers burst their banks and flow down to the River Plate and the sea. One of the consequences is that the currents bring enormous clusters of water lily pads and any animal that happened to be on them at the time. So it’s not unheard of to find snakes, small gators or red foxes in the areas closer to the river. It doesn’t happen very often, but it did last summer.
    I bet that does not happen in Yorkshire 🙂

  7. Jo did you hear me squealing form across the pond, and I don’t mean the water lily pond. Oh my these are gorgeous. Another chilly day here and I’m afraid your water lilies would be shriveling up at the thought of living here. So sad for us.

  8. I love water lilies and you have captured a magnificent collection of them. Yes, I like the word ‘profusion’ too. It reminds me of another word “plethora”. I’ve always thought that they mean the same thing but when I just looked up both words in the dictionary, I was surprised to read:
    profusion – an extremely large amount of something [very fitting], plethora – a very large amount of something, especially a larger amount than you need, want, or can deal with. [Definitely not the case with the waterlilies!!]

      1. Fine thank you, Jo. A couple of wintry days after our early spring. All the blossoms, azaleas, freesias and irises are in bloom, so no use being a global warming sceptic 😂

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