The big news this week has been the flowering of our Queen of the night cactus (Cereus hildmannianus subsp.hildmannianus).
On Monday, the first of four blossoms opened up. See this post for photos.
Last night, the remaining three blossoms unfurled, providing a magnificent finale to what has been one of the most beautiful spectacles of nature I’ve seen. Maybe next year I’ll be more blasé about it, but for now I’m still basking in the glory of this event, as fleeting as it was.
Tonight the flowers look like the first photo, but I expect them to dry up quickly. Time will tell if pollination occurred. I spotted bees again this morning, and I transferred some pollen using a soft brush. I have no idea if that works but nothing ventured, nothing gained.
A big thank you to my wonderful wife for illuminating the flowers in the after-dark photos above!