Epiphyllum oxypetalum buds
A week ago I said I thought it took two weeks for a bud to mature on Night Blooming Cereus. It only took a few days to go from a small bud to opening Sunday night. Notice another very small bud on the leaf where this one bloomed. They will bloom periodically throughout the summer and into the fall.
I read that this is called 'Tab Hua Kai Lei' in China which translates to
Ephemeral -- for a day (night).
A white Datura bloomed at the same time just a few feet away so I could compare scents. The Datura is a pure, sweet fragrance. The Epiphyllum is heavier and spicier. Datura blooms last only one day but many quickly maturing buds insure almost continuous bloom. The Epi is more of an event because it opens more slowly and close quickly by morning. Datura blooms last almost all the next day before they wilt.
Datura. You may know it as Jimson weed.Farther out in the garden Gardenias and Trumpet lilies Regale are blooming, separated by enough distance to not compete with each other nor the Magnolia also blooming. The flowers of all of those last for several days and are fragrant in the daytime.
Southern Magnolia Buds
Magnolia 'Little Gem'
What smells good in your garden right now?
It isn't too late to plant some Acidanthera bulbs to bloom by fall.