Monday, September 27, 2010

Cactus Monday - Night blooming Cereus

Saturday night's entertainment is Cactus Monday's post. We had the best time. I noticed Saturday afternoon that the bud was ready to open.  
Just after dark I went out to see if there was any action. Sure enough the opening had begun.
I knew right away this bloom deserved some great shots taken by my DB. I asked him to bring the big guns out and take some shots.
It took it awhile to open fully. 
A hundred pictures or so later, we had this beautiful shining star of a bloom.
 It so delicately hangs there awaiting a moth or other night pollinating creature to come by.
I couldn't decide which photo to use. All were so beautiful.
But looking strait on to the bloom was perfect to me.  Just look into that throat. Doesn't it remind you an anemone you might find in the sea??  It made me wonder how many years ago this cactus came out of the sea. The leaves of this plant look like those big flat seaweeds that wash ashore.
I hope you all had an amazing happening during your weekend. 
For more Cactus amazements go to Teri's Painted Daisies.
Happy Cactus Monday

23 comments:

ArtistUnplugged said...

WOW! How exciting and so gorgeous!!!! Thanks for sharing. Enjoyed reading about your meeting blog friends, how awesome is that!

Teri C said...

Oh wow Lisa, I can feel your excitement! I didn't realize you had a potted one of these beauties. We have a huge plant next door in AZ and the view is amazing and the smell is just awesome. I like to get close to enjoy the fragrance but have to be careful of those night pollinators. lol

Thanks for this post. Next best thing to being there.
❤HCM❤

Cheryl said...

Lisa, oh my gosh, just so beautiful and it is white....the perfect bloom for me.

I note you ask questions, gardening does that, doesn't it?
When something is just so exquisite, there is just so much more we need to know.

DB captured the bloom perfectly.....he is good with that camera.....

marianne said...

Oh wow Lisa!!!
What a happening! So nice to call your Bro with the guns for the right shots!
And so nice this event had an audience!

HCM
and thanks for inviting me to see the magic!

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Great capture. My parents used to have night blooming cactus and I loved to see them open up. this one is lovely even in bud form.

Lynn said...

Wow, awesome photos and awesome to watch this opening show! Wow!!!!
Thanks for sharing with us.
HCM.

SandyCarlson said...

An incredible post. Gorgeous!

Julie said...

What great shots your hubby got! It is a real beauty!!! Congrats!!! Happy Cactus Monday to you both!!!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Very beautiful! I love the night blooming succulents! Wonderful shots!

studio lolo said...

Oh MY!!!!!!! What stunning shots! I'd love to be there to see a little night nectar feeder pop by and dine. Great photos!

yoon see said...

Happy night blooming Cereus and Happy cactus Monday!
I am so happy to witness your joy here Lisa!

Katiejane said...

Ooo, Lisa! This is beautiful and so worth waiting up for to photograph! Exquisite!

verobirdie said...

At each picture of this post, I said WOW, growing louder with each one. Really beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing this bloom with us

steviewren said...

Such a beautiful flower. Correct me if my memory is wrong, but don't they have a really nice scent as well? Many, many summers ago I had one that bloomed. It was really pretty, just like yours.

Q said...

Oh my goodness this is a gorgeous bloom!
I once had a night blooming Cereus.
Yours is amazing. DH did great taking photos. White at night is hard to get just right. He did great.
Sherry

Mandy said...

Amazing! This is so pretty! Recently, my neigbor brought me down pieces of this and I thought, interesting. Now I can't wait for her to hurry up and grow so I can see some of these stunning blooms!

Gail said...

It was beautiful, Lisa! gail

ArtPropelled said...

Exquisite! The close up, looking straight into the flower is amazing!

Quiet Paths said...

I share everyone else's enthusiasm over this bloom. You must have been very happy to catch it with such great photos! Thanks to your DB too!

PAK ART said...

This is incredible! I've never seen a night blooming cereus although there was one described in a book I read once. Isn't nature amazing?!

yoon see said...

It's Happy Cactus Monday again Lisa:)
Happy day!

BT said...

Well if that isn't one of the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen and such super photos too. I hope you get some more.

Caroline said...

How absolutely fabulous! What a beauty - never seen one of these before!