Queen or Angel?

I found a surprise while watering my potted plants yesterday.

I had not noticed the bud on my Epiphyllum oxypetalum before.

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I usually notice every change in my garden.

Right now I am too busy. My precious father is dying.

I go to the hospital alone to take the first shift. Only one visitor at a time due to Covid.

So I am very blessed to happen to notice the bud ready to bloom.

I set my alarm clock to wake me near midnight.

I slipped outside with my flashlight to sit alone with my flower.

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This was its first bloom after many years of growth.

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I was amazed at its complexity.

Its pistil had a shaggy end.

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Its anthers glowed in the light.

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It was the whitest white I have ever seen.

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I sat there in silence thinking that if an angel were a flower, it would look just like this.

It would come to me in the still, cool darkness and give my heart a moment of peace.

This flower may be named “Queen of The Night”, but it was my angel.

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5 thoughts on “Queen or Angel?

  1. I know how hard this time of life is. I left my family and flew across the country to sit with my Dad a month at a time. Do flowers know? The last time my night blooming cactus bloomed was during Harvey. It may be an angel to help us through hard times.

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  2. I think plants and animals know things that we do not. I would like to think of it as a sign. There is a reason we send flowers in times of sadness. I wrote a post about that 5 years ago when my cousin died. Maybe I will repost it. Thank you for your thoughts and words.

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