The moonflower utilized the last couple weeks to twine itself up the arbor at a very rapid pace. Each day seems to bring several more inches of growth. I was beginning to get concerned that the flowers might never come but buds are all over the vine and the first flower has finally emerged.
If you are sitting outside enjoying the weather on a pleasant summer evening you can smell the scent of the moonflower as it tries to attract its pollinator. The moonflower is probably the first plant people consider when planting a night garden but almost any plant with white flowers (that reflect the moonlight) or pleasant fragrances will work.
There will be many more flowers but its always exciting to find the first one.
Moonflowers have massive blooms. In the picture here I'm holding the lens cap of my camera (Nikon D40) as a comparison. The bloom is at least 6 inches wide. Very cool!