“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

10.03.2008

night blooming cereus baby

I never catch them at this stage.

I can't really say that anymore. This little beauty belongs to Robert, and I actually caught her with several of these little blossoms-to-be a couple of weeks ago. At least I think they were blossoms-in-waiting - I forgot to go back and check. I got busy and forgot. No excuse really, but it's such a gorgeous plant & it had so many babies that I regret missing them. And it was probably the last blooming of the year, although a couple of Halloweens ago it surprised us all & decked itself out in celebration of the night. I sat out next to the creek in the back sideyard in the darkness, keeping a quiet eye on the cereus & watching the trick-or-treaters bypass our house for Rodney's next door - you can't blame them; Rodney's house is a Halloween extravaganza. Kids line up for a couple of blocks just to get in. We always make sure to plop Mary in her wheelchair & roll her up there to see the show. Last year that show was so over-the-top poor Rodney spent weeks recuperating. I'm hoping that doesn't mean this year's show has been cancelled - the neighborhood would so disappointed.

7 comments:

  1. Isn't it great when just one house in the neighbourhood goes all out at Halloween? My grandparents used to have over a hundred visit their house each year because they were famous for their popcorn balls...and of course, my brother and I got extras! We felt so special.

    I love how you refer to your plant as having babies. How sweet.

    :)

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  2. Can I come? I'll bring my own chair.

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  3. My dad's yard in Moloka'i has a bunch of different kinds of cerus'. Ones that are huge and take over a whole tree. But, you do have to CATCH them! When they bloom, that is. They are not forgiving at all about your getting caught up on day to day events and somehow or other they let you know that you really missed a good show.
    Oh, and the fragrance (as if the beauty of the flower wasn't enough) can be dizzying.
    I know what you mean.

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  4. Paula - They are wonderful! But I truly have never caught one at this baby stage. I thought I'd missed the blooming, but it happened a couple of nights ago - I smelled the flowers from across the street!

    :)

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  5. oh the smell good!! i didn't know that! we have no halloween here. it is a tradition that it rain like cats and dogs that night so the little kids who might come out don't/ their parents take them to mcdonalds i think instead. i bet rodney's house is fun for mary to watch. hell it would be fun for me to watch!

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  6. Miss Tweets - Oh, these plants smell incredible! INCREDIBLE!! And I have asked Rodney about Halloween & we are all invited. Though I do have a party to go to later - you can come with me!

    :)

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