Yesterday, I went outside to read through my current work in progress one last time before it’s ready to share with the world.
I walked across the backyard to my reading chair and the stench of something rotting wafted on the air. Then I noticed flies buzzing everywhere and followed the horrendous smell to Captain Cavedweller’s beloved Dracula Lilies.
When we first moved into our home, it was nearing the end of summer. I had no idea what bulbs might spring forth with life in the flowerbeds in spring. One late spring day, I noticed the most horrible smell, like something dead and decaying blowing in my open window.
Rushing outside, expecting to see a dead animal in the neighbor’s pasture next to our backyard fence, I couldn’t find anything that would create such a ghastly aroma.
That’s when I noticed these hideous blooms.
For the record, I think the flowers are:
- a blight on the plant world
And I’m pretty sure the combination of these three reasons is why CC refuses to let me destroy the bulbs.
After we had our septic system replaced, I had high hopes the crew accidentally dug up all the bulbs. Much to my dismay, they only seemed to have caused them to reproduce at a faster rate of growth!
The technical name for the plant is the plant is Dracunculus Vulgaris, also known as the Voodoo Lily or Dracula Lily. (I totally get the vulgar part of the name!)
At any rate, if you happen to know any zombie brides looking for the perfect wedding bouquet, send them my way. I’ve got something that will work perfectly.