Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Let's Play "Name that 'Shroom"

You can really tell that spring is in the air. Everywhere you go there is a distinct aroma. As I was working in the garden yesterday, (since the electricity was off I couldn't do my usual tasks), there was a familiar odor.I had not experienced this odor prior to the installation of the new garden after the tornado. It is hard to believe that today is the fourth anniversary of the tornado.
After we planted the trees, perennials and shrubs and mulched the yard, we found these orange "things" coming up in various places throughout the garden.
It is the distinctive aroma that leads you to their identity.

They are stinkhorn mushrooms.

They are fascinating mushrooms that use insects to spread their spores

That is why they are called "stinkhorn". They exude an odor that attracts insects.

Hopefully, they will not be around too long. Because of the rain yesterday, they had perfect conditions to develop. If it dries out in the next few days, they will soon just be a smelly memory.
Thanks for your visit to the Americus Garden Inn blog. Stay tuned for more renovation photos soon.


blkfrhwk said...

thanks for the newspaper that with you in the headline. sorry it's taken me so long to say thank you. things have been kind of crazy.

the b&b looks really good. are you done with the siding now?

love you! jude

Americus Garden Inn Bed and Breakfast said...

It seems that things are crazy everywhere! Work on the siding continues...

Love you lots!