Lotus are blooming at the Cole's Pond store. This lotus was captured over the span of two days and you can see the spots on the flower petals in the third photo. I drove by yesterday and a second lotus is blooming - it looks like a darker pink. However, Coles isn't open on Sundays so it'll be today that I get to find out.
The Lotus is a revered flower and plant from ancient times. Its meaning was creation and rebirth and "was a symbol of the sun because at night it closes up and goes beneath the water and at dawn it climbs up above the water..."
How about this 'fun fact': the lotus flower is a very popular tattoo.