In the 5,000m2 pond, Hanh grows different varieties of lotus. With the help of the head of Hung Phuc Pagoda in Thanh Tri District, Hanh managed to breed a rare variety of white lotus which has double petals with violet edges.
Hanh said that he tried to go to many areas such as Hung Yen and Bac Ninh to find the seedlings and tending methods of different lotus varieties. Sometimes he asks for help from friends to buy rare lotus varieties from faraway areas such as Hue to get royal lotus, or pink single-petal lotus from southern provinces. Hanh has devoted much effort in adjusting the water level and the amount of mud to change the pond into a favourable environment for these varieties of lotus. In the future, he hopes to invest in a 10,000m2 pond and grow other kinds of lotus.
Thanks to its diversity, the pond attracts a lot of lotus lovers to come, admire and take photos of lotus. The flowers are most beautiful when they start blossoming and can be best photographed at dawn in weak sunlight.
In Ninh Xa pond, the most special lotus variety is the white, pink-edged one with double petals. Sometimes this breed can produce flowers that have both white and pink petals.
Lotus flowers in bloom in the early morning. Photo: Cong Dat/VNP
A blossoming lotus flower.
A gorgeous flower under early sunlight.
Twelve varieties of lotus do not blossom at the same time so not every visitor to the pond can admire all of them but enjoying the light and relaxing aroma of lotus only can offer visitors unforgettable memories.