July's Flower is the Lotus
There were a few candidates for the flower of the month for July, these included Sunflowers and Liliums. Although Sunflowers are popular, they are a more recent import to Japan, and I can't recall seeing them in traditional settings. The only reason I avoided Liliums is that I don't have any photos of them that fit my requirements for this BLOG (something I must try to rectify).
The Lotus flowers are in bloom from late June through to early August, with the peak being in late July. This flower was photographed at Mimuroto-ji (a Buddhist Temple) in Uji City, Kyoto Prefecture, which is a good spot for seeing Lotuses in Kyoto and you can get really close to the flowers. Another good spot for seeing Lotuses is at Houkoungou-in (a Buddhist Temple) in the Hanazono area of Kyoto City. However many Buddhist Temple, Shinto Shrines, and Parks have water features with a least a few Lotuses. So keep your eye out for them in Kyoto during July.
Mimuroto-ji is a 16 minute walk from Mimurodo station on the Keihan Uji Line. I believe there are also buses which take you pretty much to the front gate of Mimuroto-ji from the JR Obaku Station on the JR Nara line. However that JR station is more than twice as far from Mimuroto-ji, so unless you really want the exercise don't plan walking from there. I'm not sure on the bus schedules, I've either walked from Keihan's Mimorodo station or gotten a ride there with a friend. There doesn't seem to be any taxi stands around Keihan's Mimorodo station, the best spot for getting a taxi would probably be from Keihan's Uji station which is a 1.8km trip, so it shouldn't cost anymore than the flag fall (usually it covers you for the first 2km). In the busy times I've seen taxis waiting outside the gate of Mimuroto-ji, but in the off season you might need to get the people at the temple ticket office to help you call for one if you don't speak Japanese.
This photo was taken with a Nikon D700 camera and an AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D lens with a circular polarising filter. In iPhoto I cropped, increased the contrast and decreased the highlights of this image. Here's a link to the original jpeg from the camera if you want to compare.