An hour later, it had opened even more.
More flowers were set to open this evening and I was able to take photographs as the sun disappeared behind the hill to the west. As expected, the first flower to start opening was on shady side of the trellis at 4:45 pm.
And more still in another 30 minutes. You can see the last rays of sunlight in the background on the hills across our little valley.
Meanwhile, on the sunnier side of the trellis, the buds are just beginning to unfurl. I really like this shot because you can see the flower that is opening, two tightly furled buds, yesterday's dried up flower, and buds that are still held within the funky pointy purple sepals.
Finally, Keith from Holdingmoments commented on yesterday's post that moths must be attracted to this flower. He is correct, but this earwig is the only bug that I have seen here in Minnesota that might be pollinating the flower. I hope the earwig does the trick!