July 27, 2011

One Cereus Bloom

About 5 days ago, I noticed a bloom forming on one of my cacti.  I'm not sure what kind of cactus it is, but I think it's a Cereus sp.  So I was on high alert to capture the bloom when it opened...

 I noticed yesterday afternoon that it was looking particularly full.

I checked on it after the sun set and again at 11 pm or so.  This morning I saw it was at least partially open, so I thought, "Oh hey, maybe it's a cactus that blooms during the day.  I better start taking pictures now."

The bees were going absolutely bananas over the bloom as was I.

But it seems it was a night blooming cactus after all.  About an hour it was closed.

I hope the bees got their fill, and I'm very grateful to have started photographing as soon as I saw it this morning.  Thank goodness I wake up early!  Phew!


  1. What a beauty. You ARE gonna share the grand finale tomorrow?

  2. Beautiful! You have to get over to East Austin Succulents, it's like a treasure hunt and the owner is really personable.

  3. Very cool you did not miss the flower! We have a night blooming Cereus it is open only after dark and closes before light, no bees, lots of big Spinx moths find it'd heady aroma.

  4. very cool...cactus blooms can be so ilusive!! l love their look tho...congrats!!

  5. The bees wasted no time to do their job. With only one flower too! I like the night bloomers, usually such a variety of different pollinators.

  6. Yea!!! You got a bloom- aren't they fun!!!! Great shots!

  7. webb - Unfortunately, it's a one time deal. No grand reopening. :(

    Mandy - I really should go there. It's ridiculous that I haven't.

    Randy - I missed a bit of the flower, but thankfully I caught at least some of it.

    Julie - Thanks!

    GWGT - Bees certainly are fast! They're early to rise and late to bed.

    kacky - Thanks! I wasn't expecting this one to bloom at all. It was a nice surprise.


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