Monday, June 15, 2009

Tonight's the Night




The amazing flower only lasts for one night. One bud, maybe two, per year. My pair of night blooming Cereus' were a gift from an artist in Tucson when I taught there in 1998. She went into her yard and cut a couple of pieces (arms!) off and told me to plant them. Here, they live in large pots, mostly indoors, in south windows. They have bloomed without fail every summer since I brought them home, miles north from the desert, far away from their native land. The moth that is drawn to them during this one special night, to help pollination, probably doesn't live in our area; at least the cacti have never set seed.

They just offer a couple of nights of amazement, as each of one, two or three buds takes their turn. And tonight is the night.

7 comments:

ArtSnark said...

OOH - how exciting! Thanks for sharing :D

Split Rock Ranch said...

Beautiful! As "barren" as the desert is purported to be it does provide some amazing things, doesn't it?

Meghann said...

Wow, that's incredible (and you make it sound so mysteriously intriguing)!

Joy said...

Wow! How special. And what a beautiful treat, for only a few days a year. Thanks for sharing it with us :)

Nancy said...

Wow, well the certainly are amazing! Enjoy!

Icy BC said...

These photos are just stunning!

Nash / Renfrow Productions said...

Momma cereus has been blooming all summer too, so don't you worry about it being a last creative effort. She just bloomed last week and is quite proud of her offspring back east! xxoo Catherine in Tucson!

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