Autumn Belle asked a while back about my Epiphyllum posts. Each event is exciting, but the blossoms look the same each time in varying numbers. Nine total this time, 8 of them on a single plant, opened on the night of August 2.
They commenced opening by 8:30pm.
Can you see all eight in this photo?
By 10:30 they were half open:
Fully open by 11:30
I made a video, below, of the open blooms.
Night Blooming Cereus from Jean Campbell on Vimeo.
I've always wished I could keep them over to the next morning to show them to friends and let them sample the incredible scent. I cut them off the plants last night near midnight, put them in plastic bags and inflated the bags. Stored in the refrigerator, they were still open this morning, still crisp and new-looking. I took 2 to the restaurant where we ate breakfast in town before we went to the City.
This afternoon I took 3 to my neighbor so she could see and smell them. Everybody wants to know how to keep them. Other than prolonging the inevitable for a few hours by keeping them in the dark and cool, I don't know a way. Preserving them in pics is all I have.
More of the open blooms are here: my Rotogravure site where I put flower portraits.