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Flower lovers have found a hotspot for observing beautiful, once-a-year blooms destroyed.

The spot, located near Pitts Bay Road and Serpentine Road, was a popular place to see the Queen of the Night flower.

Winston Rogers said he was introduced to the plant about five or six years ago.

“When I saw this flower, I became just mesmerised by it,” Mr Rogers, an amateur photographer, said.

Mr Rogers said he took a drive to the area this month to check to see how this year's buds were taking shape.

“I knew it was going to be a good bloom,” he said, regarding the roughly four dozen buds on the vine.

He returned to the area after receiving a telephone call telling him that the vine was hanging into the street.

“Sure enough, it looked as though someone had taken a machete, or something, to it,” he said.

“People were just driving over it.”

Malcolm Griffiths, gardening columnist at The Royal Gazette, said buds on the Queen of the Night develop on one or two-year-old wood in May and June, and flower into July.

The plant, he said, could have roundish or triangular branches, and could be “hairy”. It is best situated in an area near a strong wall to accommodate its rambling growth habit.

“They are usually best seen around sunset when blooms are at their best, some species being fragrant,” Mr Griffiths said.

“This flower is not only beautiful, but it has the most wonderful scent,” Mr Rogers echoed.

The Pembroke spot is a popular place for crowds to gather.

“Taxi drivers used to come by and bring their passengers over there to see it,” Mr Rogers said.

“Sometimes the traffic has to slow down or even stop sometimes because there are so many enthusiasts out there taking pictures of it.”

Mr Rogers said he often visited the spot several times a week.

He described the damage done to the plant as “most unusual”, and not likely the work of maintenance crews.

“If anybody is going to chop down a plant like that, they would at least put it in their truck and take it away,” he said.

Likewise, had the work been done by the property owner, they would have likely pulled it on to their own property, Mr Rogers believed.

Luckily, he was able to find the plant growing in Dockyard near Lefroy House.

“I felt a little bit happy, knowing at least I can find one.”

Vile act: the bulk of the Queen of the Night flower lies in the street near Pitts Bay Road and Serpentine Road
A Queen of the Night flower in full bloom

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Published May 24, 2017 at 9:00 am (Updated May 24, 2017 at 9:12 am)

Flower lovers decry hacking of Queen of the Night

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