Everything’s Coming Up Fungi

Over the past week or so we’ve had drippy pea-soup fog that has lasted until late morning, an extended period of sunless days and just enough of a spattering of rain to create the proper climate for mushrooms and other fungi. I don’t know much about fungi so there’s no way I would attempt to identify any of those I’ve discovered in our garden recently. But they’re so interesting that I couldn’t help but post some pictures.

Lichen On A Rock
Lichen

This is a very pretty accumulation of lichen on a stone beneath the eave of the house where, when it rains, water collects and the area retains moisture for a while. I don’t know if this is two different types of lichen or whether it’s just one type that changes color as it ages.

Mushrooms
Mushrooms

These small mushrooms appeared in a shady location beneath some shrubs. Their caps were no larger than the size of a quarter.

Mushrooms
Mushrooms

These mushrooms were found very close to those in the previous photo but were much larger.

Mushrooms
Mushrooms

The mushrooms in the above photo emerged in an area where a tree once stood. After the tree died several years ago the space was turned into a flower garden. Whenever we receive rain, mushrooms continue to come up where the rotting roots still lie.

Mushroom
Mushroom

This mushroom came up in the same area as the ones in the previous photo. They may be the same type of mushroom, but the shading seems to be reversed.

Mushrooms
Mushrooms

Here’s a nice little family of mushrooms!

Mushroom
Mushroom

It looks like some creature might have taken a bite out of this one.

Mushrooms
Mushrooms

These look like they might be some type of button mushroom.

Mushroom
Mushroom

This mushroom was found growing in a planter. I don’t know if it’s supposed to look like this or if perhaps the cap just hasn’t opened.

It’s incredible what we can find growing in our gardens. Some of the most amazing plants and organisms live right beneath our feet!

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7 thoughts on “Everything’s Coming Up Fungi

  1. Beautiful post! These tiny little worlds often (or usually) go unnoticed but I always love to look out for them. I read a lot about lichen and moss and just wrote about lichen in my monthly ornamental garden pages. So little is known and their life cycles are quite amazing, also their variations.

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    • Thanks, Annette. I like your image of these organisms as “tiny little worlds”. I’ve never thought of it quite that way, but now that you mention it, that’s exactly what they are. They’re mysterious worlds among themselves. Seeing these interesting mushrooms and lichen make me wonder about the even smaller plants, fungi, even insects, that we walk over every day without realizing it. Wouldn’t it be interesting to visit those worlds?–I think more so than visiting the Moon or Mars. There’s so much unexplored territory right beneath our feet.

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