When we moved to San Antonio 5 years ago, a friend gave me a cutting from her night blooming cactus. We lived in an apartment at the time, so I just put it in a pot and kept it near the window. It survived the lack of sun and a few bites from our cat, Sylvie. Then, when we bought a house, we put it on our patio. It started to grow a bit,but we almost lost it to a freeze the first year. Somehow it survived, and it has continued to grow. But ... it never bloomed. People told me how beautiful the blooms are and we anxiously awaited them. Each summer we'd say, "Is it blooming yet? No, not yet." Next year, "Is it blooming yet? No, not yet." We were very excited to notice several buds last week. Finally, we would get to see it in bloom! We've been watching the buds every day and last night we knew it was ready to pop.
Unfortunately, when they call it a night blooming cactus - they mean it. We stayed up until midnight and it still had not fully opened. It was beautiful, even partially open. There are still several more buds - maybe we'll make it for one of those. Anyone have a time lapse camera?