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Monday, June 18, 2018

Mister Stinky

It's heating up here today, perhaps up to 89? 

I woke up early so I got up at 6:00  to watch the second half of the World Cup match between Sweden and South Korea. We have a Sounder player on the Swedish team.

At 7:00 I woke Tom up so we could get our walk in before it got too hot. We walked from 8:00 to 9:00, doing our three miles, and then we spent some time working in the garden. As I stooped down to weed the vegetable garden, phew, "What died"? Then I remembered and looked up over my shoulder. 
Mister Stinky, the Voodoo Lily, Dracunculus vulgaris, was in bloom.

We knew it had a bunch of buds, but we had not checked on it for a while, and in the heat it opened up, and with the heat, it rapidly became odoriferous. It smells like carrion, of course, dead meat, and it attracts flies. 

And yet the flowers are so beautiful. BIG and beautiful!

 There are five blooms open so far, with at least three more to open.

I managed to mostly ignore the odor as I got the vegetable/cut flower garden weeded. 

 The raspberry plants are growing, but there won't be a crop this year. 

We have beans, cucumbers, zucchini, carrots, chard, beets, basil, cilantro, lettuces, kohlrabi, dahlias, marigolds, asters, zinnias, and sunflowers growing. 

 And rosemary, sage and oregano. 
As for Mister Stinky, well, I'll enjoy brief visits to soak in that rich purple while not breathing deeply. And we'll hope the wind blows in an easterly direction. 


  1. Quite a dilemma where you have beauty and a big stink at the same time.

  2. Your garden is doing so well.
    I've never smelled a Voo Doo Lily in bloom but it sounds fairly disgusting.

  3. I don’t believe this is Mr Stinky’s first year to raise a stink is it? Your yard is better than gorgeous. Now if the raccoons will just leave you alone all should be well.

  4. I don't think I'd grow something that stinks no matter how pretty the! Your garden looks great.

  5. You have to be a true plant lover to have that in your garden! Everything looks so well tended and lush.

  6. Mr. Stinky is certainly handsome. Usually we detect the smell and go searching for something dead before we find the blooms. Oh well, the fragrance only lasts a short time while the flowers continue for longer.

  7. It is pretty but goodness--carrion?? Better thee than me. Hope the wind blows in the right direction.
    Your veggies look marvelous though. Some great eating in there.

  8. I have heard of Mr, Stinky but never had one around to sniff. Maybe that's a good thing, but it sure is a beauty! :-)


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