I had a picnic in my yard this weekend - celebrating my god daughter's baptism. We had a terrible problem with flies and I was puzzled, usually flies are not an issue. I soon realized the reason I had an excessively large fly population was that my carrion plant (Stapelia Gigantea) was in bloom. I've had this plant and its daughters for many years but this is the first year that I have noticed their blooms having such a strong smell. Some climate conditions must have (unfortunately for my guests) come together to make this year's blooms especially pungent. That said, I confess to being in awe of the blooms, they look flesh colored, have 'fur' on the edges of the petals and a network of dark red lines converging on the center. What an incredible adaptation. The photo of the fly agaric mushroom was too much of a coincedence to pass up, so I decided to share. The attached photo was taken September 19th, 2005.