Human Flower Project

‘The Transient Beauty’

Don’t give up on that plant quite yet: an inspired story from Taiwan.


Lin Yueh-ku receives her literary award at the Taipei International Flora Exhibition.

Photo: Focus Taiwan

Taipei’s International Flora Exhibition includes a literary contest, a feature that lots more garden shows should consider: verbal flower arranging certainly enhances any vase arrangement or real-earth garden—and may outlive them both.

Lin Yueh-ku’s prize winning entry “Life of the Night Blooming Cereus – the Transient Beauty” should give plant-people of every medium a jolt of grateful realism.

Lin, who’s suffered 13 years with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease), spent a month tapping out her story, vignettes from her 54 years.

imageNight-blooming cereus has its “day” in Austin, Texas, September 2010

Photo: Becky Bingman

According to Focus Taiwan, “she was about to discard two night-blooming cereuses as they were past their prime. Lin wrote, she happened to see the flowers blooming again one night when she was in a self-pitying mood. ‘The beauty was so overwhelming that it struck me,’ she wrote.”

“They spend their whole lives just for a moment of glory.”

Thanks to our constantly beautiful friend Becky Bingman for sharing a photo of her own “transient beauty.” It bloomed last September.


Photo: Becky Bingman, Austin, TX (September 2010)

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/20 at 04:11 PM


Ooh, I saw a night blooming cereus last year.  It is a beautiful flower!  And smells wonderful.  I have photos, too, which I’ll share with you via email.

Posted by Georgia on 01/27 at 08:41 AM
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