September 12, 2007. Moonflower - many gardeners wax lyrical over this huge-flowered vine whose blooms open at night-time, but we had yet to successfully grow it. Our first attempt, last year, was a flop - the vine refused to grow once it was planted outdoors. This year wasn't much better till recently: the vine grew some, but showed no inclination to bloom. But a few days ago, I spotted a nice twisty bud, and knew that our efforts would finally be rewarded. The next few nights, I checked on the bud before retiring to bed - and finally, last night, it was there, in full glory. I ran out to take a picture. The pictures taken the next morning are better quality, but I just had to share the moment of excitement, even through a somewhat fuzzy photo.
see those buds? there'll be more!