Friday, August 13, 2010

moon plants (garden stars)

blossom w bokah 2 at hard light

While watering what’s left of my flowers this morning (the heat has scorched so much of my garden), I was thrilled to see these white beauties peeking out.  They must have bloomed overnight since this is the first day of the summer, I’ve noticed their delicate graceful blossoms.  Aren’t they gorgeous!

moon plants This is one of those old fashioned plants you don’t usually find at a nursery.  We got ours started from seed given to us by Cigar Man’s mother many years ago.  We have transplanted these seeds at several homes since we planted them the very first time.  So as we moved from house to house, we’ve left a little beauty along the way and still been able to take it with us too.  Like having your cake and eating it too!  

bud with bokah 2 texture

 Even the buds have a distinct beauty all their own.

blossom slightly closed bokeh 2- 20

Uniquely, they open at night and close in the daylight.  Thus, the name Moon plants.

closing w beneath the surface Even as I was taking these photos, they delicately began to close. 

Each bud only lasts a night.  After closing, it will die and fall off the vine.

blossom blurred They are so heavenly!

Named for blooming under the moon

and appearing as stars in an earthly garden.

Sharing with other beautiful gardens at Tootsie’s Fertilizer Friday


Glenda/MidSouth said...

They are beautiful! Thanks for sharing them with us. Don't think I had ever seen them until I moved here and a neighbor has some of them.
Have a great weekend.

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

"I LOVE flowers that glow in the dark"... These are magnificent photos Marsha!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

hey certainly have a special beauty.I like how the bud looks,so neat.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Very pretty girl..Hope you have a GREAT weekend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Debby said...

They are beautiful.

Maureen said...

They are true beauties. I have some white ones blooming right now! I've always called them daturas but I am sure they are the same thing. I also have purple but they haven't even started budding yet.

Kaye Swain - SandwichINK said...

Those are so lovely! I've heard of night blooming flowers but never seen them. Very interesting to learn about them.

Olivia~ said...

My goodness, I wish you lived next door to me and could help me with my poor flowers, yours are gorgeous!

Suzy said...

Really beautiful! I've had daturas before but my husband got freaked when we watched a program about poisoning from the gorgeous plants. So now I just enjoy them vicariously :-)

Sarah Knight said...

Those are beautiful flowers : )

Sinagpore plants lover said...

Wow, wow, it is so beautiful.