A night-blooming interlude

Magic energy seemed to be in the cool night air on the eve of summer solstice as our night-blooming cereus opened its flower buds…

DSC_0476 Cereus bud and flowers

Revealing its stamens and stigma…

DSC_0496 Cereus stamens & stigma

Six blooms opened at the same time…

DSC_0482 Six cereus blooms

Adding grace, beauty, and a sweet fragrance…

DSC_0491 Cereus grace & beauty

To our backyard garden and our outdoor kitchen.

DSC_0487 Our backyard patio garden

This night-blooming cereus is Epiphyllum oxypetalum, Queen of the Night,* and its blooms last only one night and close at sunrise (See time lapse*).

DSC_0514 Blooms last one night

The flowers are white but seem to change colors depending on lighting conditions.  Sometimes flowers seem to change colors before our very eyes.*

DSC_0470 blooms reflecting colors

The night-blooming cereus adds a touch of peace and serenity to our garden, which enhances enjoyment, relaxation and meditation.*

DSC_0477 Cereus serenity

*This is a link to a YouTube video.

Author’s note: Please see my latest update in my post, “Spring flowers, leaves and end of life options,” on the progress of SB 128, the End of Life Option Act, as it makes its way through the California Legislature.

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About Bill D.

Bill is a retired RN who enjoys camping with an Airstream Safari trailer, working as a docent in a historic house museum, reading, writing, and meditating, especially about mindfulness as discussed by Zen master, spiritual leader, and author Thich Nhat Hanh. (Photo credit: Jokie Tolentino)
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4 Responses to A night-blooming interlude

  1. tnkbuzan says:

    Magical! Your patio looks like a retreat 🙂

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  2. Munoz says:

    You truly have an enchanted garden! What a wonderful way to spend the Solstice! It’s so beautiful we’re relaxing just gazing at it. Thanks & All our love, Bev & George

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