Sunday, July 25, 2010
We have been in a rain every day cycle for awhile now. Our garden is usually on the dry side of well drained. It was a surprise to see this group of mushrooms growing in the flowerbed at the base of a lily stalk. Mushrooms are fascinating. Just in this group of five,the change in color and shape of the mushrooms as they age is amazing. I have not noticed them there before so I think they grow at a very fast pace. It will be fun to see how long it takes that small button to grow into a big flat umbrella .
I always get out my mushroom identification book and try to find out what kind of fungus is among us. I never have been successful in making a positive identification. In the end it doesn't matter. I don't do mushrooms. While I have a certain comfort level with identifying and eating some wild plants. Mushrooms scare me. I'm not interested in digestive upset, let alone kidney failure or death.
Even though I would never put wild mushrooms on the menu, I do have a certain curiosity to know what kind they are. How about it fungus folks? What do you think?