As I was strolling up to the road, hoping for post in the post box...something strange in the grass caught my eye but not strange enough to stop me in my tracks. There were several of these strange mushrooms...at least ten on the short way to the gate. See below....pretend to hold your nose because it really is very smelly - unless it is raining.
Monday, November 6, 2023
The unprintable, the unseen, usually rare ...except at La Chaise!
So I decided to look it up in one of my specialist mushroom books.....no luck. Aaach! I knew what it was because I have seen it every year in the driveway of La Chaise.
So, take a deep breath.....it is the 'phallus impudicus' - and a more descriptive name one cannot imagine. But I was puzzed - not just because this time there were so many - but because none of my specialist mushroom books - all two of them in English - )listed it. I put the question to Stephanie - (resident expert in all matters plant related) and she came up with the idea that a) it was so rare it would only be in very academic books....and b) its name was too rude to be conveyed to the general, possibly underage, public.. I laughed.
When I went to my local bakery/wine/ etc general store and showed the picture to my friend who has worked there for years - is in fact part owner - her first reaction was:
Oh! a 'morille'...a very prized mushroom indeed (except by me) and I had to disillusion her - but we both laughed...