The drought continues and we are experiencing a rain deficit of 12 inches, year-to-date. We’re looking forward to returning afternoon thunderstorms providing needed rain and nitrogen for our flower beds, yards and gardens. If you have any titan arums in your beds, don’t smell them. It’s a rare flower that blooms every 40 years and the last time it bloomed was in 2007. It’s 8 feet, 4 inches, just an inch shy of the record set in New York in 1937. There’s another name for this plant, it’s called the “Stinky Flower.” The flower gives off sulfur and nitrogen compounds and many compare its smell to rotting meat. In addition, the plant attracts flies. We’re looking forward to getting a whiff of this plant in 2047.

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