The Jungle Cacti like a little shade that makes them feel as if they are in tree tops, so they were behind a Philadelphus and a Gardenia just north of the greenhouse. Other shrubbery forms a little hallway so it is like going into a secret garden, but just the tiniest bit dim and out of the way after dark.
I knew they were about to bloom any night now. Last night I forgot to check on them before dark. As it gets late you can tell when a bud is about to open. When I got back from Church and Town I forgot to go out there with a flashlight. Sure enough, when I thought to look around noon, two flowers were limp, their night of glory over.
Other buds are nearly ready, this one hanging over
its support and I might have missed it too.
I moved the pots with buds near the side door, on
the carport ledge. The ugliest stems have the
This bud is from the faux terra cotta pot -- sounds
more elegant than styrofoam, yes? It hangs over into
a Gardenia bush here too.
I had to use a hand truck to move the ceramic pot.
See it just at the right? The pot tended to roll, but I
got it moved without crushing the buds.
Spent bloom next to the pot.
It will be a fragrant night with Brugmansia blooms
Their new location will have more sun, the leaves may fade but they will
likely have more blooms with more light. There are a few tiny buds already
formed. I expect more to follow.
Three younger pots have no buds yet so I left them on the Secret Bench.
If a long stem or even a leaf breaks, I usually stick it in some soil to root.
Every year I post about Epiphyllum oxypetalum as if it were a new plant.
The scent is heavy and spicy, unlike the sweet fragrance of the Brugmansias.