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.