Hello everyone! I hope this post finds you well. After it was dark on Friday evening, I turned the light on the back porch to check on the bud on the Stapelia gigantea and measure it again. The last time I measured it a few days earlier it was 5 3/4″ long. Low and behold, one of the petals had opened and another one had started.
I checked on it several times during the night and there was no change.
THEN, THE NEXT MORNING…
Now, that is pretty exciting! Finally, after several years of buds falling off after I moved it in the house, it has bloomed!
It measured 13″ wide…
You can read about these plants and watch videos, but seeing it in person is so much better. Those red lines are raised and they kind of remind me of ripples in a pond.
It is definitely hairy…
How neat is that?
SO, what does it smell like? When I first took a whiff I smelled nothing.
Then at 4:30, I went to check again. I opened the sliding door and I could smell a faint odor. Naturally, I stuck my nose right in the flower, and HOLY CRAP! It truly does smell like rotting flesh. Honestly, I won’t be doing that again. I have smelled so bad stuff in my life, but that is one I definitely won’t forget. GEEZ!!! Hopefully, the Turkey Buzzards won’t come to my back porch. 🙂
Seriously, it made me remember everything bad I have ever smelled and they now seem pale in comparison. I am VERY thankful the temperatures have been mild enough I didn’t have to bring it in the house! GEEZ! 🙂
There is STILL no chance of an “F” in the forecast.
Until next time, be safe, stay positive, and always be thankful!