Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Blooms in the Night

I knew yesterday, like an expectant mother, that last night would be the night the Epiphyllum oxypetalum would bloom. When I remembered and ran out in my pajamas with the camera with animals following, the fragrance greeted us at the door. Two blossoms, one out of sight toward the floor, were partially open.


Buds and a bloom supported by the Epi tree, a permanent structure that supports the long ungainly stems of the Epiphyllum. In the foreground is the Christmas (Thanksgiving) cactus with buds. The buds at right are 'Exotica' Hippeastrum. The Amaryllis buds had sprouted long stems when I bought them, so they have to reach back toward the sun to straighten themselves.


Fully open this morning for my birthday.


Ike shows off the two remaining buds that will open soon.

22 comments:

  1. Wow! What a stunning bloom. How nice it bloomed for your birthday. I like Ike.

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  2. Happy Birthday, Nell. What a great gift! -Jean

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  3. How gorgeous! A perfect present.
    P x

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  4. Nell-
    A fabulous bloom to hopefully herald in a fabulous birthday! Happy happy birthday my garden friend.

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  5. The perfect gift to arrive on a birthday morning -- it even unwraps itself. Happy Birthday!

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  6. Happy Birthday to You!
    Happy Birthday to You!
    Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday!
    Happy Birthday to you!

    Nell, I hope you have a hundred more!

    My Epiphyllum oxypetalum has failed to bloom for 2 years. I am going to move it into that hot greenhouse, and see if that helps. Yours is gorgeous!

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  7. Happy Happy Birthday, Nell! Have a sunny, warm, friendly, enjoyable day! The bloom is an elegance itself!

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  8. OOOHHH What a beautiful flower. Never seen one like that. Happy birthday to you. And Happy Thanksgiving.

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  9. That is such a wonderful bloom and it was very kind of it to bloom on your birthday! Happy birthday, Nell.

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  10. Happy birthday!

    That was a lovely gift.

    Happy Thanksgiving too.

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  11. Oh my goodness! They are so beautiful. Thankfully, waiting for a flower to bloom is less painful then childbirth ;0)

    I hope you have a wonderful birthday and a Happy Thanksgiving!

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  12. Wow ! Happy Birthday Nell - hope that your special day is filled with more flowers and fun !

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  13. New header picture? I like it! Happy Birthday Nell!

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  14. Love your blossoms. Their timing couldn't have been more perfect than for your birthday. Enjoy your day. I like your new header picture, too.

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  15. What a georgous flower, and perfume as well! Enjoy your birthday!

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  16. Nell~~ Blot. must not be doing the birthday alerts anymore. Mine was Monday. So we both have Thanksgiving birthdays every few years. Kind of fun, don't you think? I love the blossom. It's always nice when our plants thank us with blossoms. Happy Thanksgiving too.

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  17. Those orchid cactus look so lovely.
    Hope you enjoy these bloom on your Birthday.

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  18. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving and a Happy Birthday - and the blooms are beautiful!

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  19. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Nell! Many Many Happy Returns. What a present!!! Fabulous timing for your plant...how kind of it to reward you for all your loving care. Great photos!! You must be so happy with them. Carol

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  20. Happy belated Birthday, and Happy Thanksgiving, and happy your Epiphyllum bloomed in time for both. I'm a whole lot of happy!

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  21. Wow! What a feast for sore eyes...just clicked on the Epiphyllum label and got to enjoy all your fabulous pictures collectively! Gosh, I'm green with envy..yours not only flower so frequently through the year but quite prolifically too. Isn't that wonderful!
    Thanks, Nell!

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I look forward to comments and questions and lively discussion of gardening and related ideas.



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