New Farm Park, Brisbane

Saturday, March 30, 2013

THE MOST REVOLTING THING

The rain has almost stopped at last, just a shower now and then. I hope it stays fine for the thousands of holiday makers this Easter Weekend. We always stay home at Easter now that we are retired as it is madness on the roads and accommodation is twice as expensive as usual. However, I did spend a little time in the garden. Everything has grown green and quickly except the daisies which drowned in all the wet.

One of the worst things about the rain is the appearance of the most revolting fungi you have ever seen or smelt.
These gross looking and smelling things are popping up all over the garden. You can see new ones just emerging from the the ground. They are called Stinkhorn Fungi.

 I can't help thinking they look like penises and they smell even worse.

They have a sticky cap and the flies love them. The smell is like something has died and in the evenings its the worst and even wafts in the windows.

This one is a bit limp. He mustn't be very excited to see me. After a few days they collapse and disappear but then a new crop appear. When the ground dries out they won't grow any more until next wet season.

29 comments:

  1. I'm a little hesitant to comment as well. Sorry those things are so stinky but I enjoyed the giggles in your post.

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  2. How absolutely... charming. O.o

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  3. Never heard of nor seen these funghi before - they sound disgusting [but I love your sense of humour].

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  4. You made me laugh, a whole garden full of penises, isn't that funny!

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  5. Oh my, they are funny looking. And smelly too, YUCK! I hope you and your family have a Happy Easter, Diane!

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  6. my first viewing and they are ugly, glad i can't smell them... enjoy your Easter at home... our streets will be mad this week end, our town is a beach resort

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  7. oh, your commentary had me ROLLING! :)

    i can only imagine how foul that must be!

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  8. That was most unexpected Diane, Aimee just asked me why I burst out laughing haha! The fungi looks foul, but the commentary was hilarious!! Happy Easter to yourself and family.

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  9. LOL, Diane. Waiting to see what some of the men who regularly comment on your blog have to say about this one. ;-) It looks like the flies like them. Hope the smell goes away soon.
    If it makes you feel better, our Bradford Pear tree will soon be in bloom. Although the blossoms are glorious, they really stink. Something like wet tennis shoes.

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  10. Hi Diane, I had to laugh when you commented about them resembling a phallic symbol! LOL! Great photos, as always!

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  11. Really, I have never come across smelly fungi. If you had not told me so I would have thought they were attractive.

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  12. I agree it looks revolting and I am glad I can't smell it.....lol

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  13. I just couldn't stop laughing Diane. For some reason it reminded me of that old nursery rhyme:
    Mary, Mary quite contrary how does your garden grow;
    With a penis here and a penis there; All standing in a row.

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  14. Hi Diane, I understand about crowds at Easter. Today, we got an invitation to drive to the Smokies and have a picnic lunch with my son and family... There were TONS of people there today --celebrating Spring Break and Easter Weekend... Yipes!!!!! BUT--it was worth it, just being with the family!!!!

    We've had lots of rain also--and so far, no spring much here. Not sure what will happen, but I wonder if we'll just go from Winter to Summer!!!! Hope not.

    That Fungi is UGLY for sure... I've never seen any that look like that.

    Happy Easter to you and yours. God Bless.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  15. I think the less said the better. I hope you have a wonderful and blessed Easter.

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  16. OMW Diane, scream out loud with laughter at your comments. When I opened your post and saw the first images, I thought "Ewgh they JUST look like..." and then you said what I had thought! They look awful and its even worse that they stink. We have large mushrooms (smell-lesss, thank goodness) in our garden after all the rains here in Tz and I'm forever removing them (with gloves!)as I don't want the cats to even sniff at them. Hope you and Bill had a wonderfully restful Easter weekend. Greetings from East Africa: Jo

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  17. Strange looking things - but wonderfully taken photographs. Everything is still wet and cold over here : we are off to Spain for a short holiday next week - if the sun wont come to Alan, Alan will go to the sun.

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  18. dear diane,

    happy easter to you and your beautiful family!

    big hugs
    xx

    such interesting things in those photos btw.

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  19. Those stinkworm fungi certainly are very alluring! They are rather fascinating, though.

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  20. Very interesting and stinky! LOL Have a great Easter!

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  21. Um, yes, difficult to comment here. Let me see, stinky things shouldn't be growing in people's gardens.
    How's that for a politically correct comment?
    K

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  22. Your title and then the first photo and I knew where you were going. You can't help but compare. :)
    Sounds like Stinkhorn is a very appropriate name.
    For your sake I hope it dries up soon.
    Hope you had a wonderful Easter.

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  23. Trust you had a lovely Easter.
    Well my!! what smell you must have had when gardening...as for the shape, I bet many a joke has been made :)

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  24. I had a laugh at your description of the fungi, as thats exactly what Barry said they looked like, and as he didn't read any further he didn't get to see the last sentence.

    Alicia

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  25. You are too too funny! But it wouldn't be laughing all that hard if I had those in my garden.

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  26. We try hard never go anywhere on holidays -- even weekends if we can help it ;>)

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  27. never seen them before but we better keep it that way lol

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  28. I totally burst out laughing! If the flies like them they must be gross. Great pictures though.

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