Wednesday, September 20, 2017

finally, a post that is NOT about the flooding or demolition or clean-up


I did a little night photography earlier in the summer over the course of about two weeks when I happened out in the little backyard at twilight, not quite full dark and the outside light by the door was on. I took these using the automatic flash on my phone camera.


night blooming jasmine



white butterfly ginger



pink plumeria



yellow butterfly ginger


All wonderfully fragrant in their own subtly different ways.

I hadn't gotten around to doing a post with them and last week I noticed 5 flower buds on my night blooming cereus, the Queen of the Night, a flat leaved gangly cactus. 


And, as the gods would have it, they were going to open Friday night, the night the hurricane would blow in. Needless to say, I brought it in and they did bloom, filling the room with heavenly fragrance. I took these pictures holding the flashlight in one hand instead of the camera flash as it was too bright and yellowed the flowers.








16 comments:

  1. Always nice to see your blooms, I hope a few more recover

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  2. Oh! Your flowers! I have butterfly ginger all over the place here but it so rarely blooms due to lack of light. My tea olive is blooming again though. I smelled it halfway across the yard before I saw the tiny blooms.

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  3. Beautiful flowers, I love the ginger, we have them and they spread everywhere. I like that in a plant, saves me time.

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  4. You have a steady hand, and beautiful pictures.

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  5. Amazing cereus flowers! I like the night photography theme. I'll have to try some of that myself!

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  6. Oops it should have said beautiful flowers

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  7. That's the reward for the tough times.

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  8. Wonderful pictures. I'm glad you thought to bring these indoors to protect them.

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  9. I have a cereus that has bloomed twice in twenty years. It's a different species, but the flower's similar. I had no idea it would bloom--what a surprise that was! It started opening about 10 at night. Then, with the first dawn, it would start to close. I'm hoping it will bloom again -- I'm so glad yours did. Isn't it wonderful to see nature going right on with her business?

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  10. Your cereus is so beautiful. I think that is the most beautiful flower there is.

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  11. Someday when you're not caught up in moments handed to you by the storm. Would you mind sending me a cutting from your cereus? I lost all mine 2 years ago and would love to begin again. If not then, okey dokey too. Lovely photos of your beautiful flowers. So glad you have some bright spots to love. xoxo Oma Linda

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  12. The ginger and plumeria remind me of Hawaii. I wouldn't have thought to grow them in Texas, but now that i have (thanks to you),I wonder if they'd grow here? Gorgeous, gorgeous night bloomers!

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