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Monday, 25 January 2010

Something exciting has happened in my back garden overnight. We have this big pot with large leaves standing under my favourite Jacaranda tree for some years. In the last 2 weeks some buds having been growing out from the leaves, slowing turning into these by yesterday morning....



At about 9-10pm last night the buds, 15 in all, bloomed.......



however, by this morning, when I investigated, they have all closed up and wilted :(....



Those clever gardening cats Jonesie and Siena told us these are Night blooming cereus, a cactus plant with extraordinary large and beautiful white flowers that bloom only once and just for a few hours at night in late spring to mid summer. However, 15 is a bumper crop. In the past, only 1-2 buds would develop every year. Oh well, hope that's a good sign that we will be getting more of these beautiful blooms in years to come.

On the other paw, please welcome my new Squillion, Mini, who has arrived this morning. There has been some delay in the paper work and, like me, Mini enjoyed exploration and disappeared into the ethernet on her way from the shelter to us in Oz. All is well now that she is safely ensconced in my blog page side bar

15 comments:

Cory said...

Those are beautiful flowers MoMo...Jonesie was so happy to help you figure it out she's still meowing about it!

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Interesting 'bout the blooms!

Siena khame to my reskhue last year when we wondered about the flowers planted at the entrance to The Khlub -

As fur Khousin Merdie, she's my mom's youngest sibling's Golden - her people went away fur a few days so she khomes to Khamp Khyra for walks and fun!

Her people khlaimed her tonight so I'm an only khanine again!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra & Khousin Merdie

meemsnyc said...

Those are such pretty neat blooms!

Leslie said...

Gorgeous!

Forever Foster said...

What gorgeous flowers. It is good that you were able to see them:)

Eric and Flynn said...

They are lovely blooms.
Hello Mini, I'm pleased to meet you. My name is Marmi and I live on Eric and Flynn's sidebar.

The Island Cats said...

Such beautiful flowers! We wish they would have lasted longer...

-d ma said...

bloom today. gone tomorrow.

Brian said...

Wow, those blooms were pretty while they lasted! Hello Mini!!!

The Kool~Kittie~Krew said...

What bootiful flowers!!! Too bad they visit for so little.

Harry Spotter said...

Beautiful flowers!

Fin said...

So cool!

Glogirly and Katie said...

Those are pretty cool cactus flowers! The one on the ground almost looks like a giant mouse! Oh the fun you could have....

mew!
Katie
(Glogirly's cat)

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Wow that is a very cool looking plant MoMo - we haven't seen anything like it before. And we never heard of night-blooming plants before - very cool!

Cat with a Garden said...

We think this is a very special plant. You need lots of patience for it! Mom read on a blog about a person that postpones every date she might have on the night it is blooming. What a celebration! The flowers are so beautiful.