I took pictures every half hour from 5:30 – 8:30 and didn’t notice much change each time. However, beginning at 9:00, as the sun began to dip low in the west, I saw a noticeable change as the flower began to really open. At that point, I decided to take a new picture every 15 minutes or so. I’ve put them in chronological order below so you can see that this flower really does open relatively quickly.
The scent is strong. I would describe it as a bit heavy, like an old woman with way too much perfume, but to be polite, we won’t mention it to her! She is after all, the Queen of the Night, and has chosen, after 6 years of waiting, to re-bloom for me. And she only has this one night to attract her suitors for pollination. By morning her flower will be wilted.
I know that there are people in Florida and other warm locations who keep their night-bloomers outside, and in that climate they are rewarded with dozens of blooms at once, and so in comparison, my one flower may be something they would not even notice. But my night bloomer lives year-round in my sunroom, so I welcome her one bloom any time it happens. If you would like more info on the history of my particular plant, see this previous post.
Without further comment, I present the Queen of the Night!
Bud on July 5th, approximately 24 hours before it started to bloom
July 6, 2006, 5:30 PM
10:00 PM side view
The Queen of The Night, Full Bloom