The showiest blooms in my father's garden right now are the lotuses on the left side of the pond. I've posted lots of photos of his garden and property (click on the label "my father's garden" to see more), but not from this vantage point. Below, you see the duck/goose area on the right under the willow tree. Most of the photos I take of the pond and the mass of water lilies in the summer are taken from the other side of the pond, where the grassy area is. The house is to the right of the photo.
Lotus seedpod below. My parents sometimes save the individual seeds (or "nuts") in the pod for eating. The empty pod itself can also be stewed and eaten.
Some of the geese. Sadly, the Chinese goose on the far left lost his mate to a predator.
Speaking of mates, these two interesting specimens showed up one day. They hung around for a couple days and then took off.
Here's a long shot of the vegetable garden. Several rows/beds are being prepared for fall planting.
With a whack of the pole, hundreds of ripe Italian plums rain down for picking. I brought home two very large bags full of plums and canned some and cooked the rest down into an Asian plum sauce (which I will never make again - delicious, but an all-day affair).