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Monday, February 06, 2006

We interrupt this program...

to take a break from Sam and his antics, and share some gardening stuff. We have winter storm warnings out now, and there's some freezing rain falling already. Such weather always makes me wish for summer.
One of my favorite summer activites is watching the Night Blooming Cereus (I'm not sure whether mine is a Selenicereus or an Epiphyllum purpusii) bloom. We've had it for several years, and most of the time, it is a really scraggly looking, homely cactus plant. But once or twice every summer, in June or July, it puts on a night show that is out of this world, as it unfurls the most exquisite, wonderfully aromatic flowers. The show takes place over several hours, beginning at dusk. By morning, the show is over- all that is left is a limp and wilted blossom. But, Oh- what a wonder it was for those few brief hours! And the scent is absolutely intoxicating!It's easy to see why it's sometimes called Queen of the Night.

4:10 PM- The stage is set
6:40 PM
6:47 PM
8:30 PM
9:30 PM
10:00 PM

1 comment:

Rhodent said...

WOW... beautiful!