Orchid Cactus in Greenhouse Blooms One Night a Year


Lesley’s been checking every night and it happened last night. What I believe is Epiphylium oxypetalum, a member of the cactus family.

It blooms for a single night only, with a strong fragrance.

Last night I was in awe of this process, and thought that with all the shit going on this planet, here is exquisiteness of biological life.

Like with forest fires, drought, not to mention Covid, the new moon still appears as a silver sliver in the night sky.

But I digress. Would really rather write on my blog than in IG…

Here are 5 pics of the Orchid Cactus.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

8 Responses to Orchid Cactus in Greenhouse Blooms One Night a Year

  1. I’d definitely prefer to *read* longer blog entries from you than just have the IG as well 🙂 Thanks for these beautiful photos.

  2. Cactus blooms are always worth the wait, they are soooo beautiful!!! I remember my first trip to Arizona in spring when a bunch of the cactus flowers were in bloom. I was ready to move there it was so enchanting.

  3. Stunning flowers. Blog +1 here too. IG too flighty for me, blink and you are on to the next… Blogs you can saviour and interact with in more depth.

  4. I always look forward to your blog entries Lloyd. I forward them for my grandkids. Thanks for the really great photos. Impressive.

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