I've been wanting to try this for awhile--share the opening of our Night-Blooming Evening Primrose. I know, I know--it should be video--but I just haven't found the time to conquer the uploading yet. So, meanwhile, here's an old-fashioned slide show! You remember those: one still picture after another and if you do them real fast they kinda' move--like those little stick cartoons you can make in the corner of a pack of papers and then flip them quickly--voila, action!
The real action here takes place every day around 8:30 pm in our inner courtyard garden. The night I caught these the final count was 50 flowers. When we got our first plant a couple years ago we'd all gather around, night after night, to see 3 or 4 flowers open. We were fascinated. Now, I fear, when that first plant has multiplied to seven or eight, most of us just walk right by--catching the final flowers after they've opened or in the early morning, right as they are dying after their one-night life.
The time lapse here is from 8:28-8:48 PM. The last one is 7:00 AM the next morning.