These Cereus peruvianus are from work.1 When they arrived, at the beginning of June, one of them had a flower bud on it, but it dropped the bud within a few days and I figured that was probably the end of that story.
Maybe not, as it turns out. Though I'm not likely to get a good picture of the bloom, even if it does reach maturity, because I'm not there at night when it would open. We've had a large Epiphyllum bloom recently (last week) too, and because it's a night-bloomer, I didn't get to see that one either.
Still, props to the cactus for making the attempt. Especially if it's the same plant that dropped the previous bud. And who knows, maybe I'll get lucky and catch the tail end of it some morning when I get to work.
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The picture above was taken last Saturday, and I wrote the post on Sunday. Since then, as of yesterday (Wednesday), the bud did actually develop into a flower, which was awesome. However -- the majority of pictures I took of it are crap, which is disappointing. Below are the best ones I got.
I should probably acknowledge that this is an improvement on not getting to see the flower at all, like I expected.
It had closed up by about 1 PM, but at least everybody got to see it. I'd moved it up to the front counter for the day, figuring that if ever it was going to catch the eye of a customer, today -- and by today I mean Wednesday, which is when I'm writing this -- would be the day. But no.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
1 (My own large Cereus peruvianus are officially deceased, in that I've taken them off the spreadsheets, but in actuality they're alive and sitting outside on the little sliver of space between our door and the neighbor's door. I gave up hope with the mealybugs some time ago, but the husband wouldn't permit me to throw the plants away, so I still fight mealybugs during infrequent fits of optimism. The plants themselves are having a ball out there: after holding steady at about 5 feet tall for a couple years, they've suddenly started to grow again, both of them, and the more ambitious of the two has put on five and a half inches in about a month, and is now taller than I am. Which of course just makes me more conflicted, because I want them to grow and be happy and all that, but I don't want to bring them back in and reinstate them on the spreadsheets and everything if they're going to die a slow lingering mealybug death and take other plants down with them.)