Well, at least I got something in common with “Crazy Rich Asians”. Remember the flower viewing scene from the movie.
Thanks to the previous house owners, I have huge Dutchman’s Pipe Cactus growing in my garden. And as the summer rolled in, they have started blooming magnificently at night. These flowers bloom only and only once at night and unfortunately, wilt at the crack of dawn. The only way to see them in full bloom is to wait till midnight when they grow as big as the size of your palm, emanating a sweet fragrance that fills the night air.
The flower bud grows on the side of the leaf. And it is possible to have many blooms on a single leaf.
Check out the before and after photos below. There are four flowers blooming on a single leaf. It makes you admire nature even more.
Queen of the night or Kadupul flower (before-after)
I had a blooming party last night. My uncle, aunt, and cousins came over to admire these flowers over slices of delicious Pizza. Might I say Indianized Pizza? There was Manchurian, Paneer Tikka Masala, Chole Masala, Veg Toofani and my all-time favorite – Garlic Prawns.
Just another reason to celebrate.