The Strangest Flower Ever!

Lifesavers. You know the little addictive, brightly colored circle candy? Well, when I saw this odd flower with the name Lifesaver cactus, I just had to get one. I ordered online in August and put it in a south window. It’s near my purple LED boost light, too.

I can’t decide if it’s pretty or weird. It reminds me of Saguaro cactus blooms- the weird wax look.

Then, I got to thinking about some of my other cactus blooms this summer. I was so busy chasing daylilies that I likely didn’t post many of these.

Yucca bloom after a wet spring in my yard.

Pincushion Cactus flower.

White Desert Rose bloom.

Easter Lily Cactus bloom.

Rebloom on my Easter Cactus.

Thanksgiving Cactus bloom.

Orchid Cactus bloom.

Cactus flowers are stunning things. There reproductive parts look like a universe in and of themselves. Or, a chorus of ballet dancers. They don’t ever last long. Maybe longer than a daylily. Or, not. But, I have to admit, I’ve never seen anything quite like this Lifesaver bloom.

Lifesaver Cactus

I’m hopeful that I’ll see more cactus and succulent flowers this winter while the daylilies reat.

My Orchid Cactus, My Night Lily

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Air Plant Blooms

It’s funny. My outdoor garden started as miscellaneous Walmart plants. Now, it’s mostly daylilies.

My indoor garden is shifting from orchids and miscellaneous to air plants/bromeliads, orchids, succulents – begonias, amaryllis and succulents.

My first blooming air plant

Sadly, I have to look up the name of this air plant from the order slip. I’m new to these guys. But, it’s good to have bloom success.

I’ll try to post my winter blooms. For today, freeze warning means I gotta move some plants today.