Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Night to Remember

For the past 3 years, I've sadly only seen the rare blooms on my Night-Blooming Cereus after they were done and spent. I'd find them the morning after, hanging limp and lifeless, like a broken goose-neck. But last week, I was "surveying," and found a bloom almost ready to open.

I watched it for two days, and voila - caught it wide open!

According to Wikipedia, Epiphyllum oxypetalum (Dutchman's Pipe) is a species of cactus and one of the most cultivated species in the genus. It is also referred to as Night blooming Cereus.

I think they normally bloom once a year. So glad I caught it!

14 comments:

Lancashire rose said...

What a pity I we missed being there for the bloom opening. I bought a leaf from the orchid show and look forward to a flowering. It is such a beautiful bloom.
By the way, I notice you have that Huertia in the sun. It really prefers a shady location in order to keep the stems green. Early morning or filtered sun. I know you have a few places like that!

Amy said...

What a pretty bloom! I'm glad you caught it in a photo. Your garden is beautiful and I enjoyed the tour!

Janet said...

Isn't magical when you see the bloom? I love all the stamen curved upward and the fragrance is so nice.
I have had three sets of bloom this summer and getting ready for a fourth. I put banana peels in the soil....has worked wonders in the bloom count.

Diana said...

Lancashire Rose - I will move it right away! I'm so glad you saw that, I assumed it would like sun. I have many spots for a more delicate soul. The Cereus is so easy to propagate - I could give away a bunch of them!

Amy - Thanks. It was such a fun day and I am so glad you could come.

Janet - I do love the bloom. But mine didn't really have any scent. I was surprised and kind of disappointed. Banana peels, huh? I WILL try that! Thanks.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Congratulations! That's so exciting. Next year you should record it with a video camera so you can watch it again & again to make up for the times you missed it.

Diana said...

MMD - Ha ha LOL. Yes, I'll set my Flip out there on a tripod and capture it in the middle of the night!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

What a treasure! I always feel so lucky to get to see such a flower. My night blooming cerus has only bloomed one time. I missed it. Like you normally do I found the spent blossom. This year I had it out where I could see it easily and it didn't bloom. Probably too much rain. I like your new plant in that colorful planter on your side bar too.

Gail said...

That is wonderful to catch it blooming when it is a once a year happening! Believe it or not...I first heard about this plant while watching Magnum PI! That ages me doesn't it! gail

Robin Ripley said...

I keep wondering why nature only lets a plant bloom once a year. This is a plant for the patient gardener!

Robin

Diana said...

Robin -- You're right. No instant gratification here! It's just one of those odd exotics that I can't resist at our annual garden show. I come home with something fussy every year!

Diana said...

Gail -- LOL -- I remember that show well. He was so handsome!

Diana said...

Lisa - Bummer. The new plant in the sidebar (which has now disappeared since I messed with my blog - AACK!) was a swap plant from our blogger get together. It's a Huertia from Lancashire Rose.

Linda/Central Texas Gardener said...

Yahoo! What's so wonderful is the anticipation and the watching. Your staging is also so exceptional for this treasure. Even out of bloom, it's lovely.

And I think it's a kick we learn about plants from shows like Magnum PI. That was a fun one!

Diana said...

Thanks, Linda - it was such a treat to "catch" it in bloom. I'm gonna try banana peels to help it along!