Last night was the night . . . the night of my Queen of the Night AKA orchid cactus AKA epiphyllum. I noticed a small bud weeks ago, when she was still outside. When I moved her inside, it was with utmost care. I worried the lights in my kitchen would interrupt her bloom cycle. Or, cats . . . being cats.
But, the bud continued to swell and swell. Last night during dinner, I noticed a slight change in shape. I watched my favorite TV show, Call the Midwife, and sort of forgot about it. Then, poof, there she was – a huge bloom staring me in the face.
My orchid cactus came from Amazon two falls ago for $4. A small cutting in a small pot through the winter. Then, she grew into a bigger pot and moved to the porch, where she spends summer on a drip system. She is pretty happy. I am hoping for more than one bud next summer.
The blooms only last a few hours. Like a daylily, but at night. It is busy at work this week, so I didn’t stay up all night. But, I did stay up late enough to enjoy her with my bedtime dessert.