by germinatrix | May 8th, 2009
Or “Where Did It GO???”
It happens every year. I smell it, and I know it is lurking somewhere in the gravel – the horrid Ipudent Stinkhorn , or Phallus Impudicus. It is a fairly common mushroom, but that doesn’t make my flesh crawl any less when I see it, or when my nose catches that familiar whiff of rotten meat mixed with soggy dirt.
Yes, I know – The Germinatrix has a reputation for honing in on the … um… upright, the vertical, the somewhat tumescent. It’s just that I recognize the latent sexiness in everything garden related!
But this horror is definitely NOT sexy. It’s gross. Stinky. And, when fully erect, disturbingly life-like. Like some demon member popping out of the earth, ready to get some.
But this one was just emerging – and was reeking … flies were starting to swarm – so I ran inside and decided to take another picture in an hour, when it would be fully formed. But when I went back out with my camera in hand – nothing.
And then I saw Sadie licking her chops. EEEEEEEEEWWWwwwww!
By the way, I am going back to the Yucatan on Sunday – I’ll try to post, but there is alot of work to be done, so bear with me, my friends!
Oh and another, very important thing. Today I was supposed to visit my favorite place in the world; a garden that has inspired me more than any one place – Lotusland in Montecito, right outside of Santa Barbara, CA. Many of you may have heard about the awful fires in the area – Lotusland was actually evacuated early this morning, and the fire is very very close to this incredible treasure. Please think good thoughts of protection and imagine calm winds. Many people have been devastated – they’ve lost their homes and property … My best thoughts are with them. But let us not forget that a work of art like Lotusland can never be replaced – it deserves our prayers as well.