13 March 2012

For Fungi's Sake....

Hello friend, it's a dewy kind of day in my pocket of the world and in addition to little mists of rain, there have been spates of sunshine so that the droplets hanging from my verandah railing and the tree branches are sparkling up a treat....and then there are fabulous things popping up in my garden.

Mushrooms and fungus to be exact, and fascinating ones at that!
My camera is still not on speaking terms with my laptop so I can't show you an actual photo but I've scoured the web for you and received an education in the process.

There are two most amazing types of fungus that have popped up over the last couple of days.
They are brilliantly coloured and possess a really, no actually I should say 'REALLY' stinky odour!
Which, I've just learned, is why they're called 'Stinkhorns' - seriously I just read all about them.
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The red ones aren't quite as smelly and look like pieces of tropical coral transplanted into the garden.
The yellow capped ones - peeeewweeeee!  These fellows [what else could I call them with a shape like that?] have also provided impetus for a discussion on anatomy with the Littlest Gift.

Serendipitously I was doing something totally unrelated to fungi, when I stumbled across the following video which has given me a whole new appreciation for the colourful stinkers in our garden.

If you are at all interested in nature, mushrooms, fungi or biological science it's worth a view.....


Happy day!

24 comments:

  1. I find fungi so interesting. We will have some before we know it.

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    1. Do you get stinkers too MM? I bet in your cooler climate you have all sorts of glorious edible ones too.

      Happy day!
      xx

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  2. Ooh plenty of humidity and warmth here too, it is fungi paradise!:)I will have to hunt for some pretty ones like that...with a peg on my nose right?:)xx

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    1. I'd be surprised if you can't find them Sandrine...just follow your nose.
      Captain V and I have just come in from a mid-morning walk with Luke and as we ventured into our driveway - blah! - there it was, I cast my eyes to the right and in the front driveway garden a yellow stinkhorn freshly popped.

      Have fun fungi-finding!
      xx

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  3. The red one is fascinating! In our part of the world, a favorite for kids is "puff balls". They're a round fungus that dries out in the sun. Then you squeeze them to make "smoke" out of the spores. :-)

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    1. We get puffers too Michael but I haven't seen them for ages.

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  4. Aren't fungi cool?! It is bone, bone dry in Seoul at the moment - I am craving the time of year when there's enough moisture in the sir for a few tiny shrooms to pop up in our lawn. We don't get anything near as exotic as you though, the red ones in particular look quite amazing and other-worldly.

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    1. Too true Emily - they really are something to behold.
      Here's wishing for some sparkly sprinkles to land your way soon.
      xx's to you and the Doxies.

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  5. Oh hello, those are some phallic mushrooms that's for sure!! Nice theme to go with my ikcy post right?? Only their colour is magic.
    We're scared of mushrooms in the ACT now, after so many people dying after eating death cap mushrooms - which should be labelled, i know, in the forest, but still!! Love Posie

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    1. I actually deleted a line in my post about picking mushrooms as I recalled the incident earlier in the year of the unfortunate dinner party with the mushroom meal.
      Our posts do indeed go together my friend and it's nice to see them aligned in my sidebar too.

      Happy day to you and all those in the Patchwork household,
      x

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  6. Wow Felicity - I never would have thought that stinkhorns could be so beautiful! Nature ALWAYS amazes me. Thanks for good thoughts - and the suggestion of headphones and a story ... I'm ready to hit the sack now, so cross your fingers for me :)
    oxoox
    Denalee

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    1. Fingers are crossed Denalee and I'm sending you hopes for sweet dreams no stinkhorns!
      xx

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  7. Wowsers there is some interesting ones in there! I am into fungi only due to the reason of getting rid of it before someone puts it in their mouth! have you tried a different cable with your camera?x

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    1. Great thoughts Karla...I think it's the USB ports on Sophia [the naughty laptop] as I have tried a variety of cables.
      xx

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  8. Ooh I love mushrooms Felicity I cook with them all the time & only yesterday I made mushroom soup, I was given the recipe from my mother in law & I cannot stop making it now its yummy, I will share next week on the link I do on Mondays!!
    The pictures are a little oh err hey good job my Josh isn't around he would be giggling away or making some comment tee hee
    Watched the link :)) I wanted to see the big fungi in USA !!! :)))

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    1. I know Lainey - that was a new fact for me - the largest living organism on earth is a humongous fungus!

      Can't wait for that recipe - scrummy!
      xx

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    2. These mushrooms are like men - the most attractive are the most dangerous :lol:

      On the more serious side, I long so much for a garden of my own - just because you can see all those wonders of nature!

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    3. Giggle maker!
      I know what you mean about having a garden of your own where it can delight you with gifts of serendipity [mostly the lovely kind] on a daily basis.

      Happy day!
      x

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  9. Ah, you still have me chuckling at 'humongous fungus' - as you knew I would! Hmm, no such sightings here in this colder climate. J x

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    1. Methinks your fungi may like to dwell underground between the roots of Oak trees my friend - truly precious fungi indeedy!

      xx's

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  10. Hi lovely Felicity! I haven't commented for awhile but I've been here:) Love these fungi. How cool are they? My Lewi would love to find those in the back yard;) xx

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    1. Such a treat to have you pop in Kim and I'm sure Lewi would take great delight in bringing these to your attention.
      Big hug from afar Lovely!
      x

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Felicity x