Welcome to my zone 9 garden. My roots are deeply planted in the sandy soil of sub-tropical central Florida, where the summers are long and hot, but the rest of the year is paradise!

Monday, April 30, 2007

An Elusive Bloomer

Oh, how lucky I was this morning to get a good look at this elusive cactus flower. This particular cactus (don't know the name of it) blooms only at night. I noticed the bud looked ready to burst into bloom yesterday evening, and told my husband to remind me to go outside after dark to see it. Naturally, we both forgot! But, this morning as I was backing the car out of the garage, my daughter said, "Look mom, your flower!" I got so excited that I put the car in park, jumped out and ran inside to get the camera. I knew that if I didn't snap it right then and there, it would be closing up before I returned home.
As you can see by the second photo, the flower was half-way closed when I returned home. Whew, so glad I didn't miss it!


Carol said...

Looks similiar to my night blooming cereus, Epiphyllium oxypetalum. The flower is just a little different, so it is probably a close relative.

Regardless, it is a thrill when it blooms. I hope you catch the next one in the evening because you won't believe how strong a smell they have.

Susan said...

There was another flower this morning. I will definitely try to catch one at night so I can smell the scent. That's neat! Thanks.

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