HALL: Destin garden features rare Medusa-like flower, which only blooms in the dead of night

Destin Garden

Dinner plate hibiscus.

Special to The Log | Laura Hall
Published: Monday, May 6, 2013 at 05:21 PM.

As the birds settle their wings down into the safety of their nests for the night and the glow of the sunset stretches out into darkness, I anxiously wait for the call.

I pass several hours reading and then in anxious anticipation, I open the door and walk out into our courtyard where water flows down a man-made waterfall. The frogs let loose at full throttle, a cacophony of identifying calls to one another or to no one in particular. The sounds build into a thunderous crescendo as all the tiny green frogs have tuned in to have their say.

Then instantly — quicker than a maestro can swing his baton down, complete and total silence.  Soon some little pip-squeak decides to start again and all hell breaks loose.

Ah, the wonders of nature are there for us to enjoy if we can stand the volume on the boom box of small green frogs no bigger than the end of your little finger.

I close the door and decide to turn in for the night… no phone call, yet.

All in my house have drifted off into the quiet realm of peaceful sleep. At the bewitching hour of 3 a.m., suddenly there comes the ring, ring of the phone. I answer. Hubbub sits up in bed saying, “What’s going on?”

“It’s Sara, and it’s Cereus I say.  “Oh my God” chimes in Hubbub, “How serious is it?”

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