Something stinky this way comes…

Wren and her best friend, Judy came to see me and that was a wonderful visit. Wren moved to Ann Arbor right after I moved to Chicago so we’ve been online buddies more than anything, although we did enjoy lunch in Chicago a year or so ago. I’ve enjoyed getting to know her via the blog neighborhood because we share common interests and she’s like a link to the good life in Ann Arbor. But true to my experience in these matters, we get along famously in person, too and I loved meeting her college roommate. We went to Florida Native Orchids, my favorite little (but very extensive) quirky orchid place ever. With 3 big greenhouses there are always many beautiful plants in bloom and I love that they are growing many of their own cross species. We adopted a few and one of mine smells especially sweet.

Then we went down to Boyd Hill and I had the pleasure of sharing my raptor buddies with them. Jane took many photos so go bug her to post them.

For the past few days there’s been a stench about the place that has had Rich and me looking at each other with wrinkled noses and curled lips. It’s been getting worse and worse even as we changed out the litter box completely, took out all trash, cleaned the frig, cleaned everything. Still, the stench. I was about to start smearing Vicks under my nose like they do on CSI when I discovered this: I saw it first, growing in a little pot that holds a slash pine they were giving away at the park. I had set it in the shady  part of the yard, thinking I might take it to Asheville and plant it. As I got closer, to investigate, I almost fell over. But for you, my friends (and because I haven’t posted for several weeks) I buried my nose in my sleeve and carried it to the porch to photograph. I’d never seen anything like it but my 82 year old neighbor came by and said, “Oh, that’s what they call…”  Do you know what it is?(Complete with slime and flies.)

One reason I’m not posting much is because I am very very busy in my new profession. Hah! I still feel like a poser but I’m having fun getting ready for a big exhibition and teaching. I’ve made several beautiful things recently, if I do say so myself, and I’ve had one consistently frustrating failure as bags and bags of wool bite the dust. I’ll share photos soon. The other reason I’m not posting much is we have some potentially wonderful things on the horizon but it’s too soon to really put it in writing. Don’t want to jinx anything.

Here’s one really cool item. PBS did a video of NOMO and it’s great! If you’ve wondered about what I’m talking about when I make mention of Daniel’s life as a musician you can both hear and see right here.

(Update: Yes, FC and Jeff- it IS a stinkhorn. It’s Clathrus archeri, also known as Devil’s Fingers -as in “Idle hands are the Devil’s Workshop, cuz I haven’t touched my yard since our big cold snap a couple weeks ago and it definitely needs some tending…and Jeff, here is a photo of one that I believe is the same in it’s infancy. They start out like puffballs and then explode into the fungus from hell. FC- I do remember your stinkhorn posts, but really- are yours THIS vile? I think we need a Stinkhorn throwdown…)

(Even stinkhorns start out relatively cute you could say.)

“I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.”  Frank LLoyd Wright


14 responses to “Something stinky this way comes…

  1. nag, nag, nag – I’m barely home 24 hours and already it’s “where are the photos of the owls?” Sheesh! What if I was planning to post cat photos first?

    For the record, I didn’t smell anything funky around your house or yard. I’ve never seen anything like that either, and the only guesses I have are obscene, so I’ll just have to let it go until you tell us.

    Also for the record, had a wonderful time and was so glad we had a chance to visit.

  2. OK OK–so are you going to say what it is called? Stink flower?
    I “googled” corpse flower, so I assume it’s not that. They are BIG.
    Of course, I can’t tell how big your slimy fly-covered flower is.

  3. It looks like something from outer space that they’d make a horror movie about. Please tell us what it is so we can avoid it.

    Love the orchids; especially the red cattleya.

    Good luck with the potentially wonderful things. You know how to keep us guessing, don’t you?

  4. Orchids — yes. Disgusting, orange slime plants, no, thanks. Wow is that thing nasty.

  5. (Sent here by michelle mcclintock)

    Your mystery stinking organism is a mushroom called a stinkhorn. Not sure what species exactly, but the color of the flesh and the green spore mass are unmistakable, as is the smell (I can smell it from here). Has it changed shape since you posted this picture?

  6. Yep, a stinkhorn fungus. They pop up in the mulch along my walkway every year.
    You know, you COULD have searched Pure Florida for posts about this stinky shroom.

    Way to go ARTEESTE!
    Great that you and Wren got to hobnob together. I’ll be she had a blast.

  7. Oh, geeze, I had no idea the link would ‘materialize’ like that. Sorry!

  8. Well, there you go. Size and shape matters. Thanks Judy, for sharing the visual aid.

  9. Dan’s band
    Is most hip, so
    I dance
    A calypso*.

    I’m certain that Nomo couldn’t be any hipper.
    My fav orchid’s *Venus’ (Aphrodite’s) slipper.
    Since it’s all Greek to me
    Genus Orchis makes me tee-hee.

    That Kenju is sweet
    And never haughty,
    But her mushroom movie
    Is terribly naughty.


  10. The one Judy posted…. those come up in the spring and fall… I think the spores are in the mulch the yard guy brings. Ours are not orange… but white with a black head and they do stink…… also make for uneasy conversation when kids are around. Dirty minds and all.

    Love the orchids. Mom is trying her hand at growing them in the new room. We found one with really small flowers that smelled like chocolate. Yum.

  11. I’ve never had the “pleasure” of meeting a stinkhorn, but I’ve heard enough about them to make me wish, just for a moment. You remind, though, of another stinky specimen, that I also wished I had traveled to San Francisco to see and to get a whiff of The Corpse Flower, a phallic and stinky delight.

    How lucky that you and Wren have gotten to spend time together. That’s so cool that you’ve had some fantastic blogging meet ups.

  12. Eww, I’m glad I couldn’t smell it, the sight was bad enough. Our botanical garden is having their orchid show right now. I plan on going soon, it seems like a great way to escape the snow and cold.
    I love the music video!! They are really good!

  13. A columned stinkhorn to be exact.

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