Stinkhorns and roses in the rain. Or phallus and posies!

Around Navasola after the rain there seems to be an abundance of mushrooms including these which attract flies and are supposed to be edible! After seeing so many flies on them any desire to eat them has gone!It seems the dear flies are being exploited by a cunning plan and Phallus Impudicus spreads its  spores on the feet of the flies! But the  rose is struggling to come out. I thought it was another poor purchase as it didn’t flower again after April BUT it is in these parts a very vibrant winter flowering rose.image

Phallus impudicus
Phallus impudicus
Flies on the stinkhorn! Look carefully!
Flies on the stinkhorn! Look carefully!


This sounds so important and because I am a member of the RSPB and several wildlife trusts I would like this link on my blog. Also came across another idea about Eco cide. Biodiversity is becoming less divers rapidly.


George Monbiot’s ever-illuminating Guardian column brought this to my attention today and it could prove to be a landmark moment for the future protection of our ecosystems and wildlife, as well as our engagement with it.  The new Green Paper, compiled by the RSPB and Wildlife Trusts, underlines the current political apathy and resulting legislative deficiency for conserving and enhancing our flora and fauna.  It shines a light on the often underestimated importance of our relationship with the natural world and how vital it is for our own physical, mental and spiritual well-being.  One example of these disjointed and misguided government practices which give way to ecological bureaucracy and detachment is embodied in the ongoing attempts to conserve the Scottish Wildcat.

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A fertile feeling: Ms Peoni Broteri getting ready for rebirth!

Our wild child Ms Peony Broteri is now settling down for the winter with hopefully tubers deep down by the chestnut tree roots and the seeds hidden away. Have been told the seeds can take two years to birth into another wild and seductive Ms Peony.

Wild peony forest January/February
Wild peony forest
The first Peony bloom in Navasola East, by an old chestnut, attracting insects.
The first Peony bloom in Navasola East, by an old chestnut, attracting insects.
Ms Peony chatterbox
Ms Peony chatterbox in  Autumn

More mushrooms and one for the pan

I can see Autumn will be a busy time as the chestnuts need to be collected and wood too for the winter. The gallipierni or apagador of the macropiolete family was edible. It found its way to the frying pan and we survived. But the very rose shaped red mushrooms, possibly from Russula family , like all rather red ones are best avoided. Lots of smaller mushrooms and these possibly are hallucinogenic and hard on the stomach!
Back to work now for the final chestnuts of the season on a glorious sunny November day.IMG_3208.JPGIMG_3209.JPG