Mushrooms, Mushrooms and More Mushrooms

The clouds hung low and the air was thick with moisture when my husband went to open up the chicken coop this morning. It’s yet another day with rain in the forecast. Upon his return my husband announced, “we are all going to turn into mushrooms!” I quickly replied, “at least you will be a fun guy (fungi)”. We both had a good laugh and he had given me a great opening for this post which was already in the works. ๐Ÿ™‚

Mushrooms are not something that I am knowledgeable about other than to know that identification can be tricky and many wild mushrooms are poisonous. Thus we never consume wild mushrooms. I do, however, find it fascinating how they suddenly appear in random places, their spores having been carried by the wind, then waiting until conditions are right for them to mature. It’s not unusual to see wild mushrooms pop up in around here but some of the mushrooms we have seen lately are unusual.

Here are some photos I took over the weekend.

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23 thoughts on “Mushrooms, Mushrooms and More Mushrooms

    1. We have a hill that is covered with weeds and wild raspberries. In the winter when the foliage dies back we find large puff balls that have dried out. I have never seen one alive because they are well hidden. I have heard they are edible but again don’t know enough about them to take a chance.

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  1. Fun gi made me laugh! Nice one.

    I have seen some strange toadstools or mushrooms, l always get confused, but like you tend to not sample a trial by error approach hahaha. I mean does a toad really need to sit and with your fun gi, there’s not mush room left to manoeuvre the humour ………… l am sorry that was so bad because what l actually meant to write right was l see a lot of funny looking fungus growing in the reserve and l will try and take some photos also ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. LOL! You have just earned the title of “pun guy”. These red ones were the strangest that we have ever seen. Mostly we see white, off white. brownish or grayish colored ones. Definitely interesting creatures.

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      1. Most assuredly, l used to know a mushroom forager, well he was a natural forager who taught others how to do it and he always said in the finest wisdom with regards fungi ……….. leave ’em be!

        I have followed that advice to the letter ever since ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. We have a planting bed with boxwoods rimming it. Under one of the boxwoods next to a large rock, there is a cookie pan size mushroom. I’m going to take some lawn waste to recycling today, and I may pick it up and adios it. I’m not knowledgeable either so I always view them as ‘stay away.’ ๐Ÿ™‚ I enjoyed the smile from your ‘fungi.’

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I think sometimes when we plant potted plants or bring in mulch we bring in new mold spores as well. So hard to know where they really come from. This is the first time either I or my “fun guy” have seen red mushrooms.

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  3. A whole bunch of mushrooms, (maybe 30) suddenly appeared in the mulch under the hummingbird feeders … they were not there yesterday. I took some pictures of some very tall white mushrooms last week on someone’s front lawn to use at some time in the blog … they were huge and I wish I could have gotten closer but a big dog with an angry face glared at me from the window. :).

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    1. I think mulch sometimes contains mushroom spores. One year when we got mulch I started seeing bright yellow blobs appear in it. It was apparently some type of fungus (not mushroom shaped). It would show up then disappear in a few days. Weird. The red ones were the strangest that we have seen. I’m not sure what determines how big a mushroom will get – number of spores? type of mushroom? growing conditions?

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      1. I never thought about the mushroom spores Ruth and that sure makes sense – they were everywhere. Did you ever hear about the large fungus growing up North – it is supposed to be a tourist attraction. I pulled most of my yard decorations that might collect pools of water due to that new mosquito that was found yesterday … just as bad as the EEE and West Nile Virus problems with this Tiger mosquito – what a year!

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      2. It sounds more like a horror movie than a tourist attraction. LOL! What a year! Fore sure! Did you have any trouble with the gypsy moth caterpillars? That is something else we had to battle.

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      3. Yes, it is a real attraction in Michigan which makes me wonder if it will ever be one of the “Pure Michigan” ads? ๐Ÿ™‚ I just Googled and this fungus, a real tourist attraction, weighs 440 tons and Is 2,500 years old. No, I’ve not had any issues with the gypsy moth – sorry to hear you NOW have that to battle with. And, I never saw a single cicada for all stories I read about them. The last batch 17 years ago I do remember and saw them in the backyard on the rosebushes – not swarms, but enough of them and their shells. Now we worry with still more about these mosquitoes. This has not been a Summer to remember, that’s for sure. I hope you did not have more damage with today’s rain. They said we got 2 1/2 inches here in Wayne County, a record and supposed to have more later.

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      4. i was just reading about it Linda and think it’s hilarious that they call it the humongous fungus. I also see that they have humongous fungus festival every year – cool! It’s hard to tell what kind of damage this rain is doing anymore. We have picked a few things – cucumbers and jalapeno peppers and dug some potatoes. What we really need now is heat and sunshine. Looks like we might get it this week. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      5. I heard someone talking about places to visit in Michigan one time and Googled it – like you, I couldn’t believe the story and had to laugh. Well I’m glad you didn’t lose everything and we are slated for some warm days – right now, just rain Tuesday afternoon is what I heard.

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  4. Mushrooms are cool. A few weeks ago we had our maple tree trimmed. A few days after that I tell Pete I think there is a big mushroom in the yard he tells me no it’s a piece of the tree. I told him no it’s looks like a mushroom. So he goes out and gets it. He was right it was part of the tree. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  5. I find mushroom hunting fascinating. I follow a Tennesse group of foragers that are very knowledgeable and help with identifying. I have spotted so many beautiful mushrooms growing in our woods, it really is incredible how quickly they appear.

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