Monday, June 29, 2009

Blooms too Soon, Night Blooming Cereus

Yesterday afternoon I noticed that the Night Blooming Cereus blooms were about to open, in their shady secret garden under the cedar tree. I didn't think it would be last night and didn't go back to check. This morning the spent blooms were hanging limp.

Here's one from year before last, on the same date:


There are epiphyllum links on the sidebar to several of previous year's posts.
Later in the summer 2008, there were 12 blooms on 3 plants one night. After I moved them into the greenhouse in October, there were more blossoms.

This is one of my fav flowers, despite the awkward, ungainly plants they hang from. Mama once kept one in the kitchen over the winter and it grew straight up. The stem curved when it reached the ceiling and started back down. My great-aunt used to load one in the back of her DeSoto and haul it all over Dunwoody to show shut-ins, at bedtime.

2 comments:

  1. That is such a lovely flower .. midnight magic in the garden? :)

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  2. Thanks for visiting our blog! We have a night blooming cereus that bloomed the past two years, the first bloom it was ten years old. Now we have moved it from Meg's house to here at Paradise, no blooms showing yet.

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