"On a mature inflorescence, the smell is reminiscent of rotting meat, designed to attract flies for pollination. The smell only usually lasts for a day but it is still not advisable to plant it right by your house." Oh hell yeah! (and yes, I am TOTALLY planting it right by my house.)
Then, it seemed to die right away. Last year, it popped back up, but then disappeared shortly after I celebrated its rebirth in a post.
But this year... whoa Nelly!
And.... Yes! It smells a little bit like rotting meat! Too cool. You do have to get your snout right in there, but once you do it's distinctly digusting! I'm very pleased.
We've expanded the garden area into the shade under our big trees this year, creating two new "mountains." Here's Mt. Caliban:
And here's Mt. Yoyo:
And in answer to the Frequently Asked Questions: No, he isn't, and No, she isn't.
And then, things went well this year in the papavar department:
In fact, things are looking pretty good in general. We've even spent a few hours not working in, but merely enjoying the garden. That might be a first.