Stranger in the Night

The day is done

It’s time to go inside because it’s getting dark and cold. You’ve seen how the fading light can change a garden: those flowers that cheered you up in the daytime begin to look watchful, that tree you like to sit beneath becomes animated and the path that invited you in is now just a warning that asks, “Should you be here?” This place feels so different as the night spreads its shadow.020_20539881418046236450.jpg


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13 thoughts on “Stranger in the Night

  1. Some of the flowers that I miss from Southern California are the nocturnal flowers that get so fragrant in the evening. Angel’s trumpet (those that are fragrant) is more fragrant in the evening than it is during the day. Cereus cactus and epiphyllum that are so fragrant late at night close during the day. My favorite of the fragrant nocturnal flowers though is the common and weedy night blooming jasmine!

    1. Yes! Jasmine is my favorite too! I’ve tried to grow it up here in Port Townsend but, it didn’t make it past the summer.
      Sounds like Southern California is a good place for an early morning walk. Just remember to leave the flashlight a home!

      1. Night blooming jasmine is Cestrum nocturnum. It is not related to the real jasmines. It is something of a complaisant weed that has naturalized in some of the lush landscapes of Beverly Hills (in the Los Angeles region). I met it for the first time in the Miracle Mile District of Los Angeles, where it is not quite as prolific in the more refined landscapes, but common enough to get almost too fragrant on warm evenings. It is not always in bloom, but is most fragrant on warm evenings, even without humidity. Fragrance is not as powerful when the arid Santa Ana Wind blows, but there are a few flowers that seem to be at their best at such times.

        1. I can sometimes find it in nurseries here. I have grown it, even as an annual, just because the fragrance is so worth it. In our region, it can live for many years. I never know when the frost will get to it.

        2. If I had access to it, I could send cuttings. It is lacking from my garden now, and I am not going to Southern California any time soon. I have never seen seed for it, although, I know that it seeds readily in some of the neighborhoods where I work down south.

  2. This post is really interesting, and those photos are great! Were they taken in Port Townsend?

    There’s evidence that before we had artificial light at night, people slept in two segments separated by a couple hours of activity, which may have been a more natural and beneficial sleep pattern:

    1. Yes, I only upload my own photographs!
      I also read that people quickly revert back to that 2 part sleep cycle if you remove the ALAN and that It still happens today in the third world.

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