Montana Outdoors

July 2, 2015

Just one night…

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 7:40 pm

Yesterday at sundown these flowers had just begun to bloom. This morning at sunrise they had begun to fade, and this evening they are withered and spent.

Evening Primrose

Evening Primrose

Evening Primrose

Evening Primrose ~ Oenothera villosa


  1. Amazing nature…


    Comment by Boeta: RumblingOcean & Having fun with camera blogs — July 2, 2015 @ 9:03 pm

  2. A blaze of glory…


    Comment by Candace — July 2, 2015 @ 10:44 pm

    • It is. This morning there were new blooms on each of those plants that had opened during the night.


      Comment by montucky — July 3, 2015 @ 8:13 am

  3. Short life.


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — July 2, 2015 @ 11:44 pm

    • They seem to have an interesting strategy. They are pollinated by moths at night, but instead of blooming all at once, just a few bloom each night. It works for them though.

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      Comment by montucky — July 3, 2015 @ 8:15 am

  4. Beautiful shots!


    Comment by centralohionature — July 3, 2015 @ 2:21 am

  5. What a glorious sight.
    Lovely photos.


    Comment by Vicki — July 3, 2015 @ 3:15 am

  6. And they were most likely pollinated in so short a time as well.


    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — July 3, 2015 @ 5:30 am

    • I’m sure they were. If I had the stamina, it would be interesting to stay around and watch for the moths to pollinate them. There was a nice moon last night too.


      Comment by montucky — July 3, 2015 @ 8:18 am

  7. Thank you for capturing this short-lived beauty, Terry, for us to to see. Gorgeous.


    Comment by Jane — July 3, 2015 @ 6:44 am

    • They are very bright for such a pale color (if that makes sense). One of many wildflowers that I’m always anxious to see.

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      Comment by montucky — July 3, 2015 @ 8:19 am

  8. My big, globby cactus does the same thing. It blooms about ten p.m., and by the time the sun comes up, the show’s over. there was a lily in Liberia that bloomed only once a year, at night, on the full moon. We’d have parties to watch it open! “Catch it while you can” ought to be one of the nature lover’s slogans, don’t you think?


    Comment by shoreacres — July 3, 2015 @ 8:10 am

    • “Catch it while you can” is always a key element in seeing wildflowers. Often the window of opportunity is a very small one. That’s one of my excuses for spending so much time in the outdoors!


      Comment by montucky — July 3, 2015 @ 8:21 am

      • But we still haven’t figured out how to be everywhere at once in nature. Whatever worthy things we may find on a given day, there must be other equally worthy ones within driving range that we never got to see.


        Comment by Steve Schwartzman — July 10, 2015 @ 5:18 am

  9. How very beautiful! I love evening primroses.


    Comment by Jo Woolf — July 3, 2015 @ 3:37 pm

    • They seem to be doing extraordinarily well this year, despite the drought that we are in and the record high temperatures for the past month. More buds and flowers per plant than I’ve ever seen.

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      Comment by montucky — July 3, 2015 @ 8:44 pm

  10. Its transience almost adds to its beauty … gorgeous photos.


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — July 4, 2015 @ 11:01 am

    • Thanks Teresa. Early every morning when I walk up the road I pass these plants and see that yesterday’s blossoms are already spent, but have been replaces by others which bloomed during the night.


      Comment by montucky — July 4, 2015 @ 12:09 pm

  11. I guess that one night is their “15 minutes of fame.” 😉 They are pretty though.


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — July 6, 2015 @ 6:04 am

    • Every evening before the sun goes down all of the blossoms are shriveled and dry, but at dawn the next day there is a new array of beautiful, full flowers that bloomed during the night.

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      Comment by montucky — July 6, 2015 @ 8:14 pm

  12. Amazing post and photos – gorgeous. It was a great joy to see them.


    Comment by Sartenada — July 7, 2015 @ 12:38 am

    • I have been really enjoying those plants and their one-night blooms. A fascinating flower!


      Comment by montucky — July 7, 2015 @ 7:37 pm

  13. how wonderful that you saw them!


    Comment by Tammie — July 7, 2015 @ 9:09 pm

    • They would be easy to miss, at least seeing them in their prime.


      Comment by montucky — July 8, 2015 @ 7:23 pm

  14. Love this flower- just saw my first of the season blooming here in Ohio a few days ago.


    Comment by Watching Seasons — July 29, 2015 @ 9:35 am

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