Imagine my surprise the other day when I stepped out into the garden for the first time in a busy week and looked up and saw one of these large flowers staring down at me!
They are huge. I have this giant cactus plant, you see, over twelve feet tall in places, and these are its flowers. (Click on photo at right for larger.) For a long time of the Summer, it had these sort of hairy tufts on the top of some of its stalks, and I thought “oh, how nice, that is what its flowers are like” (forgetting that I must have seen them in other years, I suppose), and then forgot all about it.
I think that I may have given the plant a bit of a generous drink of water accidentally because I was washing off a ton of sticky fig juice off the fig tree which is next to it, and I suspect that as result these guys just popped out sideways from the branches (the tufts sort of brushed aside) and bloomed. Bang! Just like that. They lasted a few days, and then they all faded and wilted.
The things you see just outside your door in Los Angeles…