Some of you may remember me talking about how last summer (2007), I stayed up until 3 a.m. one night to watch a plant bloom.  I had just planted some night-blooming cereus, and one of them had a bloom–and I was determined to see the flower.  The NBC, you see, blooms at night and then fades away by sunrise–so if you don’t see the flower at night, you don’t see the flower.  

Fortunately, my plants this year (the ugliest plants you’ve ever seen, and they have only seemed to thrive under my neglect), put forth several blooms, and they’ve been in full flower by nine p.m.–so no more all-night vigils for me.  Last night I had TWO blossoms at once, and pulled out the camera.  And so, without further ado, I present pictures of my night-blooming cereus. 
Here’s a link to a web site with more info on this fascinating plant.  I keep mine outdoors, so I’m not sure how they’d do in cooler climes . . . but you’re welcome to try.  🙂


  1. Suzanne

    Beautiful Angie, absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing. I remember this from last year but I think they’re prettier this time.

  2. Mocha with Linda

    Wow. That was a deja vu feeling to see this post this morning. Because I finished The Face last night. I couldn’t remember which was real and which was a book for a second.

    Speaking of which. . . . WOW!! I could not put it down. Did not see at least one thing coming. And can’t wait for it to be your BOM.

    The only bad thing is that now I’m done reading it.

  3. Angela

    Thanks, Linda–I’d forgotten that I mentioned the NB Cereus in THE FACE.

    And it’ll be featured as a BOM on November 1, so it’s coming right up!

    Thanks for your comments–am so glad you enjoyed the book!

    BTW, everyone–there are two sets of discussion questions for that book. For general book clubs, and for Christian book clubs. You’ll find the “Christian club” questions on my web site.


  4. Nicole

    Dontcha just love God’s creativity? Magnificent.

  5. Lisa

    Impressive! I manage to kill aloe plants.

  6. ~Tammy~

    Night bloomer…sounds like the title to a novel to me ;D

  7. jan

    it is gorgeous! i remember your pictures last year, too. beautiful!
    i can’t wait to get my copy of “the face.” is it already in the bookstores?

  8. Anonymous

    Lovely bloom, Angie. I’ve heard of these but not seen them. Do they have a powerful fragrance?

    Look forward to hearing the background for The Face.

    Mary Kay

    PS – I saw Sarah Palin’s FL rally Sunday on TV and wondered if I’d see you in the crowd! Thanks for posting the pix. Glad you got so close after waiting outside last time.


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