Workers carry tubs of lotus that will be planted in Echo Park Lake.
If you remember the Echo Park lotus as pom-pom sized pink blossoms floating over floppy emerald leaves, then the plants that arrived this morning at Echo Park Lake will disappoint. No blossoms. No leaves. Just a tangle of roots and stems growing in black plastic tubs filled with muck. But the 378 lotus – which were trucked in from the San Fernando Valley – will eventually resemble the memories and photos of the original plants that died off mysteriously several years ago. In fact, aquatic plant supplier Randy McDonald, who grew the plants from a cutting taken from Echo Park Lake a few years ago, has previously said he expects that the lotus will bloom again this summer. Is he sticking to that prediction? “Absolutely,” he said today.
One worker compared the gangly and rather ugly looking lotus that arrived today to bare root roses before they begin to sprout and bloom. The lotus – a variety of nelumbo nucifera – were delivered in their relatively dormant state to prevent the “transplant shock” that is likely to occur with more mature plans. Depending on the weather, the lotus love heat, small leaves will begun to emerge and eventually float upon the water, providing oxygen to the plant below, McDonald said.
Tubs of lotus waiting to be planted. Photo by Stephen Roullier
Photo by Stephen Roullier
Aquatic plant grower Randy McDonald with a tub of lotus. Photo by The Eastsider
A field of holes await the lotus plants. All of the new lotus will be planted today. Photo by The Eastsider
The lotus will once again bloom in the northwest corner of the lake, which was rebuilt as part of the $85 million clean up and water quality improvement project. Photo by The Eastsider
Workers planting the new lotus./City of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works
For those may have forgotten or have never seen an Echo Park Lake lotus, Sandy Driscoll shared the photo above showing one of Echo Park blossoms from years past.