Several years ago a friend of a friend gave her a plant. I forgot what she called it but the friend had divided her plant in half and gave my friend a big pot – half her plant. Then I was over my friend’s house watering her plants when they were gone and there was one little broken piece so I picked it up, brought it home and stuck it in a little flimsy pot. My plant has now grown and busted out of the pot . . every day I look at that plant and remember the trouble I’m having buttoning my jeans! 🙂
I think the plant is a member of the night blooming cereus family. I need to ask my friend what she called it . . she used a name. I see several common names on the internet but none of those ring a bell.
It blooms at night and by morning, the blooms are usually gone. I’ve seen blooms that are almost ready to open and then the next day, they’re shriveled up but after three or four years of having this plant, this weekend, I passed by it in the middle of the morning and there it was . . a beautiful full bloom.
I went back to the house to get my phone so I could grab a picture. About an hour later, I ran into Vince in the yard and I said “Come see this beautiful flower!” and when we walked over there, it was already shriveled up . . gone. Thank goodness I had the picture.
I’m sure when I pick it up to move it into the greenhouse for the winter, the flimsy, broken plastic pot is going to fall apart so I’m going to get a nicer, bigger pot and transplant it. I’ll also pay a bit more attention to it and see if I can get to see more blooms.
A lot of what I read on the internet said they were fragrant. Maybe because mine was at the end of the life cycle, but it wasn’t very fragrant. But, it’s definitely beautiful!