She didn’t know I was watching, but I caught a brief glimpse of her rehearsal. Right before sundown.
She does her best performing before daybreak, but just for me, she stayed up long enough to give me a beautiful Saturday morning showing.
My Brazilian beauty, Arthrocereum glaziovii, is a threatened species, but in my backyard, she is the star of the show.
She loves to tease! She knows her prickly cactus exterior doesn’t appeal to everyone. She just waits, knowing what she has to offer if they don’t look away.
But for those who know…
I have witnessed her spectacular drama before, but never quite like this! The bees were lured by her strong and extravagant fragrance.
Had she not chosen a weekend performance I might have missed her. You either catch her in the act, or you don’t even know she came to town.
And when she’s had enough, she gently bows, then makes a quick, but quiet retreat. She knows enough to conserve her star power for the next big show–perhaps a few months from now.
She’s only on stage for a brief, but lovely, 24-hour cycle. It’s a rare showing, but so worth waiting for.
At the end of the day, she closes her beautiful petals, but she leaves an impression, softly saying,
“Boa noite meus amigos”.