Archive for the ‘Fungus’ Category

Brunnera Mr Morse : looking for Lewis !

Big brassy and buxom , autumn is like a swaggering pirate woman all gold teeth , spotty handkerchief and swirling skirts and at least a cutlass or two. Here in the garden the colours are looking like a bad case of piracy ( too much Johnny Depp I think , that’s why am I obsessed with pirates !) on the high seas. Today it was a glamourous garden still full of colour with spectacular colour in the Amsonia hubrichtii, all gaudy tints and scorching bronze.

Amsonia hubrichtii in full flow

Creeping under the persicaria polymorpha there are beautiful pure white fungi like second magnitude stars as Paul would say, and out on the woodchip paths there is a motley crew of toadstools each one more lush and sweaty than the next. It is all heading for the big showdown at the next big frost when the swashes will be well and truly buckled !

And of course there are leaves .. thousands nay millions of them washed up around the house like an unruly beach combers dream. But not crisp and crunchy anymore .. just a thick wet sludgy mass , most unattractive and not at all kickup-able . So it was time to build a leaf collecting cage …Paul obliged with the four corner posts and then it was down to Tara and I to nail on the wire netting. Now why does hammering look so effortless in the case of Paul and I am still licking my wounds after a run in with the hammer and wire cutters ! My thumb looks like I have got a nasty case of the Black Spot and I might as well have been blind Pugh for the state of the staples and wirenetting. But the leaves are now safely coralled away and can begin their leaf mouldering business !

sun,grass,sun again

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Is worth a whole bunch of birds nest fungus !

picture by Graham Heathcote

never have all your eggs in one nest !

Paul and I were introduced to our very healthy crop of Birds Nest Fungus by a truly delightful garden visitor today Graham Heathcote ,who happened to be a fungus expert.Rushing into the tea shop all a twitter ,he grabbed us and dragged us out to the borders. He had seen it growing in the compost at the edge of our pond side border by chance and wanted to point it out to us !! Amazing ! The fungus is the size of a mini thimble and when you look at it closely it appears to be like a rough cone shaped nest with the pores nestled inside  like birds eggs.A really pretty little thing !

Graham kindly fills in the detail ” The latin name for the fungus is Cyathus striatus.  This is the right time of year for it and it is generally described as growing on dead twigs, fir cones or stumps, so my guess is that the spores were present in some of your mulching material when you brought it in to the garden. It is apparently quite common, but easily overlooked where it normally grows in woodland.”

so a rare and wonderful thing alive for all to see ! Thankyou so much Graham for teaching us something so new and exciting  !


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