At this time of the year, you might notice alien-type formations on the Arborist mulch you have around your garden.
The stinkhorn is a common fungus on mulch in Auckland and first appears as a horn-like growth that can develop arms like an octopus. When mature the stinkhorn produces a foul rotting flesh type odor that attracts insects to eat the slimy tips and then distribute the spores elsewhere. 🤢
Don’t worry, they do not cause plant disease as they grow on dead organic material.
So no need to stress about the fungi… admire them, they are doing a hugely important job of breaking down the organic material and recycling the nutrients back into the soil for your plants to use again....even if they do stink!
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I know that a lot of people in the local area who have lived here a while will know of, or had dealings with, Rex Warwood. He was editor of the Franklin County News, subsidiary paper Country Life and owner of the Franklin Life Newspaper for many years, providing countless levels of communication to the area, and always seen at events far and wide with his camera and notepad prior to his retirement (well into his 70s).
In an effort to assist his family who no longer live in the area, and to honour my good friend, it is with great sadness that I convey that Rex passed away in North Shore Hospital due to Covid19 last night. As you hear the report of a death in todays daily bulletin, maybe just spare a thought that in this area at least, todays statistic is a person that many of us know and will miss. Stay safe.