Thursday, August 9, 2012

Night Blooming Cereus

I witnessed the most amazing sight over the past couple of nights!  I actually watched the opening of several Night Blooming Cereus flowers!  The Night Blooming Cereus is a form of spineless climbing cactus native to the western hemisphere.

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We received our plant from Tim's Aunt Mary who lives in La Grange (right across the road from where the Chicken Ranch used to be).  Aunt Mary has had this plant for as long as we can both remember and I've been in the family 31 years!  She gave us a piece of her plant in 2007 and I stuck it in a jar of water, rooted it and then I stuck it in a pot.  This is a plant for sharing and doesn't even have to be rooted in water - it can be broken off and stuck in the dirt and it will root!

Here is a daytime picture of the Cereus (pronounced sirius) with a few of the blooms highlighted.




The plant is about 4 feet tall with broad flat leaves about 3 inches wide.  The leaves will drop over if not staked - as you can see I didn't stake mine this year.  The plant does need to be protected from freezing weather and I move it in during the few freezing nights we have each year.

These 3 blooms opened over about 10 minutes -












I caught this bloom opening up on video and posted it to YouTube- Watch the Video Here





You can see just how big these blooms are in this picture -




Thanks for dropping in to see us today and we hope you enjoyed our cool flowers!

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19 comments:

  1. Following you from the blog hop. Stop by and visit when you can ;)
    xo sandra
    redrose-vintage.blogspot.com

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    1. Sandra, Thanks so much for the follow! I love the vintage feel of your blog and like you, I love vintage. Wish I had more time to hit the thrift shops to feed my habit! I'm following you back now and look forward to seeing all your fab finds!

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  2. Hey there ladies! Following you via GFC from the Find + Follow Friday link up. Looking forward to keeping up with all that y'all have going on around here :) I actually have a giveaway starting up this Friday that I would love for you to get in on. Giving away some of my favorite things, I always love to share! You can find me at dalaynadillon.blogspot.com See ya around.

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    1. Thanks Dalayna! Love your name - so pretty. I'm folling you now too and look forward to entering your giveaway!

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  3. Coolest. Thing. Ever. Love it! I've always wanted to be able to see a flower bloom..... gorgeous! I found you on Two Saster's link up.. and excited about following you, now! Hope you can visit, soon!

    -Heather
    stringtownhome.blogspot.com

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    1. It was really cool to be here and actually see the buds pop open. Check out the video that I uploaded to YouTube. Thanks so much for following. I'm following you too and just know I'm going to love your blog!

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  4. How beautiful. I noticed you used to live in Lagrange do you still live in GA? I live in Lilburn
    Thanks for linking up again at Miss Information can't wait to see what you have in store next week

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    1. We lived in Powder Springs right outside of Marietta from '01 to '06. It was so pretty there and we really loved it, but most of our family is in Houston so we moved back here. We go back to Atlanta frequently because I have an Aunt in Conyers and my Grandmother is in Rock Hill, SC. Atlanta is so very pretty and I've spent lots of time there over the years.

      Thanks for stopping by and hosting the party!

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  5. Wow! I've never seen anything quite like that! Just lovely!

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    1. It was amazing to see it burst open right in front of me! Thanks for stopping in to say hello!

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  6. Beautiful! Quite amazing to watch:)
    Thanks for joining the Keep Calm and Link Up party! Hope to see you again next week!

    Barbara @ Chase the Star

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  7. Absolutely beautiful. Jim & I are thinking of buying some cactus and succulents for a planter box we have on our porch, I will have to look into this one. It's so pretty. Thanks so much for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party.

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  8. wow, that is truly amazing! Your pictures are really good.

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    1. I had cramps in my hand from holding a flashlight in one hand and my Iphone in the other! I've started taking all my pictures with my phone now and truly think it takes better pictures than my camera!

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  9. Those are cool. I don't think I've heard or seen such a flower.
    Thanks for sharing

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  10. How wonderful that you actually got to see the flower open....that had to have been amazing! Glad you grabbed your "Featured" button and I am so glad that you linked up with us again! Have a wonderful week!

    Hugs, Julie

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  11. A couple of questions, please. I was given one of these plants this past spring (2016) and it is doing excellent in the central Texas shade of my covered porch. I noticed the bloom pods today and they appear to be the same size as those that you show in you photo with the purple marker arrows. My questions. How long after this 'size' will the flower be ready to appear? After opening, how long does the bloom last? Thanks for the post and hopefully the answers.

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    1. Ralph, sorry it took me so long to reply to this! By this time I'm sure your plant has bloomed. Mine probably took a week or two from that point to bloom. Ours blooms at least twice a year. Thanks for stopping by!

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