On a gloomy and drizzling day – none of the usual dragonflies and butterflies out, but the lotus are amazing.
In a rare event, the U.S. Botanic Garden had three corpse flowers in bloom this year, following a single one last year.
The rarest one had a purple stem, and was the first to bloom
The other two had the more common green stems. Here they are before blooming:
And here’s the third one in bloom (I unfortunately missed the bloom of the second one):
The first two in bloom, as usual, fold after 24-48 hours of bloom, but are still fascinating:
Titan Arum, aka the corpse flower, blooms seldom and unpredictably, storing up energy in its large bulb until it is ready to go. I saw (and smelled!) the last time the U.S. Botanic Garden had a blooming corpse flower in 2013, and was eager to see it again. It didn’t disappoint. Here it is a few hours after it opened:
I’d been going to the Botanical Garden for several days preceding the bloom date so I could watch the progress:
After a long wait, it finally bloomed on August 2nd. This was the first bloom for this plant, which is six years old. The Botanic Garden also had the plant’s mother on display nearby, which is genetically identical. It has not bloomed in its ten year life.