fungal blooms

All of the rain we've had recently has resulted in several different fungal blooms in the front yard. Yes, it's time for some mushrooms!

It's been such a long time since I've been able to photograph mushrooms... have I even done it this year yet? Hmm, not since March it seems. Crazy.


Mushrooms are the above-ground bloom of soil fungus, and to me indicate that the soil is alive and healthy. Fungi and bacteria in the soil break down organic compounds into the basic nutrients that plants can absorb. They're essential to the garden, and as long as they're not growing on the trees (which usually indicates problems with the tree) I'm happy to have them!

I also like them because they're interesting and beautiful. Except when there's way too many of them.

I believe I've taken photos here of only two species, with most of the variation due to differences in age.

I'm glad to see mushrooms in the yard again!


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Andrea  – (September 6, 2012 at 8:02 AM)  

I love taking their photos too! Yours seem to be so plenty and big!

Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (September 6, 2012 at 12:02 PM)  

We had more mushrooms this spring than ever before. But from your photos it looks like you have even more!

HELENE  – (September 6, 2012 at 12:46 PM)  

And they make such great photo opportunities! Lovely shoots, funnily enough, I haven’t had many mushrooms in my London garden this year, despite all the rain :-)

Christine @ The Gardening Blog  – (September 7, 2012 at 12:58 PM)  

Seeing your photos reminds me why mushrooms are so popular in fairy-land! They look magical :)

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