Water lilies are the most beautiful and generous flowers: they all but disappear in the winter but around May the first lilly pads appear and by June the first flowers begin to show. Eventually a signififcant area of the pond is covered with thick green pads dotted with flowers and these continue through July and August. They provide shelter for fish and enable the heron to access the fish. They help the dragon flies and damsel flies lay their eggs in the water and help reduce evaporation - something that is very noticeable during this long hot summer. They are an important part of the pond ecosystem but they also transform the pond with their colour and movement in the wind.
I would not be surprised if the gardener who designed my garden incorporated Monet's paintings of his water garden into his a vision for his own water garden, and I am the fortunate person to see his vision realised over 40 years later. Making my film prompted me to ask, who is the greater creator? - the gardener who lays out and stimulates nature to enable plants and animals to recreate his living cultural artefact decades later, or the artist who in a few hours or days makes an artefact that will never live or change. Perhaps its not something that can be judged, both involve imagination and creativity and that is enough.
But I do know that I am grateful to the gardener who invested his time, money, effort and creativity in creating a water garden that I can experience, enjoy and appreciate everyday, which provides a natural environment in which many plants and animals flourish, and therefore makes a valuable contribution to the natural world.