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!



7 comments:

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

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

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  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.

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

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  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.

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

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  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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