Tuesday, May 19, 2009

THE QUEEN BLOOMS AGAIN

At eleven thirty it started to open,and to fill the house with it's wonderful ,unusual fragrance
. A little wider please,it took it about thirty minutes and it was fully opened

Here she is in all her glory, the plant always looks like it is going to dry up and die at any time,and is really not very pretty.


Look how big when fully opened



And she smelt soooooo good to , nothing like any other flower I have ever smelt.




Well it's been one year and to the exact date and The Queen of the Desert bloomed again ,at midnight and only for one night,and then she's gone, just like that. I posted pictures of her last year and was surprised that this time, not four ,but only one flower appeared and bloomed, I caught it at the right time to and was able to get a few pictures again this year . The plant or leaf is really ugly and you would never expect to see the most beautiful and sweetest smelling flower you have ever seen.I could tell it was opening up because at around eleven thirty , it filled the whole house with a wonderful smell, nothing like you have ever smelt before .So I grabbed the camera and headed out to capture it in pictures again this year.I was not dissapointed. Do you have one ? or have you ever seen one ?I hope you enjoy the pictures, and as I said before , I'll give you a start for your very own , but you have to come and get it . It will be a great addition to you garden area, and a great converstation piece.Next year if there are at least two I am going to try and press one in a book to preserve it , I will read up on how to do it right in the meantime, what do you think?

11 comments:

MJ Klein said...

good thing you're diligent with the camera, Malcolm! what a treasure - and two years in a row too!

Malcolm and CieJay Burgess said...

MJ ,thanks for the look and read , I try to keep the camera handy and charged at all time , you never know when a great shot is going to come you way , I have missed a lot in times past. Malcolm

Tipper said...

Neat-wish I could smell it :)

Martin in Bulgaria said...

Blimey Maloolm you've got a whopper there! I can only imagine the scent but your description helps. lol

Talen said...

That is one ugly plant but a very beautiful flower. Excellent pics.

Martyn said...

That's one blooming tanned and fit looking man stood behind the flower. I remember your post from last year and I think you've captured it even better this time round. I have had a good stroll round Wi's garden the past few days and this morning I saw the biggest bee I've ever seen, massive and right next to my beer table. Hope he's gone in time for my afternoon drink.

Jade said...

Wow a very nice flower. I'll look it up - I want to have this in my house too.

Mike said...

Nice capture Malcolm, definitely worth the wait.

I can remember it last year, did we have a name for it other than Queen of the Desert?

Catherine said...

In the Philippines it's called Dama de Noche (Queen of the night).

When I first saw the flower and smelt the fragrance, I asked everyone for the name (this was before Internet).

It took awhile to track one down.

Malcolm and CieJay Burgess said...

HELLO EVERYONE , thanks for the interest in this wonderful flower , I have done a lot of searching for the one just like mine , the flower is a member of the night blooming cereus family and, there are lots of desert cati that have a similar flower ,but grow from a cati looking plant , they have names like ,Lady of the night , Queen of the desert,and bell de nuit ,and from Cathrine Doma de Noch, ,But none of these came from a skinny leaf like mine , I did'nt give up and I finally found one on U-tube and a video clip and it's called a Bakawali Flower and it's just like mine . next year I plan on making a movie of the flower opening up from start to finish at midnite it only takes a half hour and it's open .Thanks again for all the reads. Malcolm

Catherine said...

This is a mystery (and fun)... mine also had a skinny leaf too, similar to a cactus. Dry, flat, just like the Christmas cactus.

Bakawali Flower is the Malay name, which does not discount Doma de Nocha (a Philippine name).

Problem is, I'm finding tons of conflicting information, so I need to get ahold of a book.

Wikipedia is a joke as one even lists the Doma de Nocha as a frangipani. Stranger things have happened...