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Fungal lifeforms


We don't purposely cultivate mushrooms and other fungi in our garden - but I'm always intrigued to see them, and on this page will share them with you (I'm so generous, don't you think?)

Behold the comely stinkhorn! The arborvitae in the background are my neighbor's. He keeps his hedge well mulched, and the stinkhorn fungi love that stuff. In late summer and early fall, they pop up, look radiant for a few days, and then deflate to a sad mess. Perfect to keep my two little boys fascinated.




On the other end of the spectrum, not very bold but decidedly dainty, are little silvery grey lady mushrooms. I don't even bother trying to identify them - I have enough of a hard time with plants and bugs, for the time being. I've been told I'd need to make a spore print and have someone in the know look at it. Who knows, maybe when I got those other lifeforms sorted out...





These demure things were also growing in a heavily mulched garden area (albeit one that gets a good bit of sun). For what it's worth, the experts tell me this is a Coprinus species. I'm just glad they chose to play in our garden.




This happy gathering appeared in mid-autumn in our side garden. It's fascinating how different areas of the garden sprout different mushrooms - I haven't found the same type in two different places yet.









Little brown things similar to, but not the same as the ones above, growing in our lane area. According to one helpful GardenWebber, they are probably the ubiquitous Panaeolus foenisecii, commonly found in lawns (or perhaps not: see comment of 17 August 2012 below).









These marvellous donut-like contraptions were growing right in our front yard. Can't you just tell that mowing the lawn is my top priority?






Two different ones popping out of the mulch in early June. Cute as buttons.

This white fungal mass popped up fairly suddenly in our seedling nursery area in early August of the wet summer of 2009. Very firm (did not easily yield to pinching finger pressure). I've not seen it before, and have no idea what it is.


These shelf fungi established themselves on the stump of a silver maple I cut down a few years ago. New suckers continue to pop up from around the base of the stump, but the top part is clearly dead and serving as fungal food.

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