Have you all ever seen one of these?  It's a night-blooming cereus.  Yeah, don't feel bad.  I had no idea what the heck that was either until Kevin decided that he would order one and plant it.  That was two years ago.  I repeat, TWO YEARS AGO!  Well, guess what?  After 24 months of gestation and carrying this thing to term, the cactus actually gave birth to a bloom.  And, I will confess, it was kinda cool.  I shot some video!

The whole blooming process took about four hours.  Here's what the final result looked like.

Beautiful, right?  But here's the catch, People!  Once it blooms, that's it.  It wilts before dawn and doesn't bloom again for another year.  Excuse me, what?  ALL that work for ONE bloom?

Now, I will admit.  It was cool to watch.  And it really was like watching my sister give birth to my nephew.  But that's a heckuva lot of work and waiting.  And I am pretty sure the neighbors thought we were insane sitting on the front porch using our phones as flashlights to stare at a plant for four hours straight.  But hey!  Success.  And just think.  In another 365 days or so, for one night only, we'll experience sweet success again.  Maybe.

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