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The Activerain Spring Flower Garden - Post your favorite flower pic!

I want to see flowers!

Like most of you, I have been patiently impatiently waiting for Spring to arrive.

Seeing the Buttercups and Crocus in the past few days has given me hope that this cold weather is behind us.

Since the flowers haven't all started blooming, I was thinking of the pictures I took last year of some awesome eye candy. I know you took some great pics too.

So post them here and get us in the mood for Spring!

Here is my favorite:

Lizette's Midnight Cyrus. It only blooms around midnight then the flower dies at sunrise.

The Midnight Cereus: meaning, "transient beauty."

Given to me by a friend that has passed away. This was a leaf stuck in the dirt that started doing strange things.

An aerial stem started growing...and growing and almost shot skyward 5 feet! It was like the Jack and the Beanstalk story.

In fact the plant didn't ever bloom until the 1 year anniversary of my friend's death. That was weird!

I had no idea what this plant was at the time.

After some research I found out it was a Midnight Cereus. Discovered in 1753 in South America jungles. Cuttings were brought over to Europe.

Then the strange red bud started forming until it grew to almost a foot long from the edge of the leaf. I started watching it each night with my Mom or friends to see if suddenly the white bloom would pop out. I had moved it out on the deck by the door so I wouldn't miss the moment.Midnight Cereus

When it does bloom, the fragrance is a similar to a  Jasmine or Gardenia. Last year I counted 13 blooms all in one night. It was a major event!

 

Lets fill this post with all your lovely blooms.

Tell how you got your picture or why you love the flower. 

SPRING HAS ARRIVED!

Comment balloon 21 commentsLizette Fitzpatrick • March 15 2009 10:11AM

Comments

I don't have any to share but like you I am waiting for spring-I will be planting some beautiful flowers around my home can't wait to see the beauty.

Posted by Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs (Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty) over 9 years ago

I have a one or two....maine spring flower

 

morning sunshine flower

maine flowers

 

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 9 years ago

Lizette--No blooms yet so I will have to keep watching your blog to see beautiful spring flowers for a few more weeks!

Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) over 9 years ago

Pat - Maybe you will be able to get a few pics in the next few weeks. Be sure to post them here.

Andrew - Those are AWESOME! It was hard for me to decide on just one. I took so many good ones last spring.

Teri - I know you have some in the archives. Go dig out the best one. We need to have it here in the flower garden. 

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes - (Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY) over 9 years ago

Gorgeous photos here. I have plenty from last year, but here are a couple I just took last week.

 

 

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing over 9 years ago

Lizette, I think it is so cool that you have one of these.  My dad had one in his greenhouse in Connecticut that covered the whole end of the green house and climbed all along the ventilator at the top.  When that thing exploded in bloom you could smell it all over the place.  I have a cutting from it that I have had for 40 years and it has blossomed twice.  The problem with it is that when you transplant it to a bigger pot it can take many years for it to bloom again---until it starts to get root-bound.  Due to climate etc---here it only blooms around August.  I am hoping that this year will be the year that mine blooms again----I transplanted it to a bigger pot about 4 years ago and has been growing like crazy ever since----I suspect I may have to wait a couple of more years.  It is worth it though.  The other thing about it is that it only blooms at night and the bloom only lasts that one night.  As everyone can see from your pictures----the blossoms are incredible.  Here are a couple of pics:

Night bloomer

Night bloomer

 

 

 

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

We are having such a YUCKY weekend even though our spring flowers are starting to bloom.  At least this way I can see them with some sunshine.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 9 years ago

Lizette - My yard is blooming!  I love my flowers too!  Here's mine to share with you!

Posted by Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL (RE/MAX Professionals) over 9 years ago

You know,  when you first told me of the midnight cereus I thought you were kidding.   But the photos are really great!     I am hoping spring arrives quickly.    We were getting teased last week,  and now it's cold and raining in Tennessee.   

Posted by Connie King over 9 years ago

Susie - Those pictures turned out great! Love how you edit the edges.

Charles - these plants are amazing. I was thinking of repotting so it won't fall over but I might tie it to my deck rail instead. I have read that there might be a red variety. I'd love to get a cutting of that!

Marchel - Great pictures! I love those lilies. I have some out back near my creek.

Christine! You are so lucky that flowers are already blooming in your yard! Love these pink ones!

Connie - Everyone thinks I am kidding when I want to plan an all night party on the deck the night they bloom. they are worth the wait! Keep that rain down there...I want to see some sun!

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes - (Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY) over 9 years ago

Lizette, here is what happens whey you put it in a pot that is too big:)

Too big for its britches

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Charles - I'm glad I saw this! If there wasn't a ceiling no telling how tall one would get! They are crazy plants!

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes - (Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY) over 9 years ago

Lizette--Summer flowers not spring ones but here's something for your garden!

Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) over 9 years ago

I had a feeling it would be helpful to you-----too late for me.  I have basically resigned myself to the fact that the plant now owns the living room:)  Maybe I could start selling cuttings?  Another cool thing about them is that (short of freezing) they can't die!

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Teri - I knew you would come hrough for me! Love this orange lilly for my garden post!

Charles - I've only repotted mine once and didn't know any better then. It still wanted to bloom the next year. I have put extra dirt around on the top to start cuttings. I thought they would grow and put more foliage near the bottom of the plant to keep it grounded. This has worked so far. It has a mind of it's own! LOL

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes - (Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY) over 9 years ago

orchid on desk homerome.com Great idea for a post!

How about this Phalaenopsis Orchid that is blooming in my office?

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 9 years ago

black eye susansLizette, this picture I took in the Canadian Rockies on summer vacation 2 years ago. I love these flowers and have even used this picture as the header in my blog.  I have started my flower seedlings inside and can't wait to get them in the yard!

Posted by Jen Bowman, Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL (Keller Williams on the Water) over 9 years ago

OMG...Margaret! that orchid is gorgeous! I've never seen one like that!

Jen - I can see why you would use these flowers in your AR header...they are amazing!

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes - (Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY) over 9 years ago

WOW! The comment pictures have turned this post into a virtual garden! Very cool!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Flower anticipation

A sign of good things to come

Posted by Andrew Haslett, Heartland of Kentuckynulls, Best Home Inspector (Van Warren Home Inspections, NAHI CRI) over 9 years ago

Hi Lizette,

What a beautiful plant the flowers are amazing!! It is too bad that they only last one night!! No flowers in sight here still lots of snow!! It is starting to melt so hopefully soon we will see some signs of spring.

Posted by Trace Galle (Designs by Trace) over 9 years ago

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