Monday, June 28, 2010
Strange Plants in the Garden
I inherited some of the weird plants in the garden such as the bloom that I gifted to you the other day in a blog.
But the blooms I'm sharing with you today are "night blooming cereus". I brought them from Houston where they grew and bloomed in the atrium of my home. The fragrance is very, very strong similar to the lemony smell of magnolias but different.
They sprout from the tips of these succulent leaves. Most of the year there is just the plant and then voila, this happens. In the first photo you see all the blooms starting to rise and stand to open. The bloom opens by about 11PM and is over in the morning and the blooms stem just hangs limp. In the time that they bloom, the delicacy and intricacy of the blossoms are incredibly unique.
The coloration of the greenish tinted two blooms is something I had not seen before.
There is always, almost daily, a surprise in the garden - another little bit of beauty - even if it is from a strange plant.