Home and Garden
Blenheim woman Joy O'Sullivan was delighted yesterday to find her cactus was flowering for the second time this season.
The keen gardener, who once won the Housing New Zealand garden of the year competition, said it usually only flowered once every summer.
"The buds looked fat [on Wednesday] but I thought ‘Oh no, they are just going to shrivel up', but when I went to housie [yesterday] they were just blooming," she said.
The plant, which the Express believes is a golden torch cactus (Echinopsis spachianus), flowered about six weeks ago. Mrs O'Sullivan believed the rare double flowering might be down to the cooler temperatures.
Sadly, the flowers only last a day. "Tomorrow we will come out and they will be all frizzled up."
The cactus started off as a small pot plant that Mrs O'Sullivan's son had planted in front of the house about 10 years ago.
"It's beautiful, I just love it ... as a gardening person they are very special to you."
- The Marlborough Express