After a couple of mornings with frost last week the weather hasn't been as cold over the last few days which has meant, after a not particularly good year so far, there are now lots of fungi to be seen. With not much of interest going on in the garden at Eco-Gites of Lenault, today for my gardening update I shall take you on a walk around our local paths on a fungal foray. You may need to put your glasses on though as some of the fungi are very small and I may not point out where they all are! Clicking on the pictures will make them bigger.
The first three are easy to see:
But now they are getting a lot smaller!
No more help now - can you spot the 2 fungi in the last 2 photos?
I love fungi. I love their apparently short life (when in fact the greater part of their life is lived underground and out of our sight). I love their importance in breaking down dead material and I love the fact that they can be either wonderfully good to eat or fatally poisonous. I am reminded of a book I read, parts of which I loved, parts of which I disliked intensely but which had, I think, one of the best final lines ever, making me eternally grateful that I struggled on to the end. A brief explanation. There are some fungi, that if eaten initially give you stomach pains but then you appear to recover. However at that point fatal damage has been wreaked on you and several days later you will die an excruciatingly painful death through major organ failure. This particular book (which shall remain anonymous in case you should chose to read it too) ends with the line:
They had been fed fried mushrooms for breakfast! I like fungi but I also respect them and would only eat any that had guaranteed by an expert, which in France can be any pharmacist.
I hope you enjoyed my little wander into the world of fungi this week. For more gardening posts have a look at Annie's How Does Your Garden Grow linky over at Simple Wanderlust ... yup - she changed the blog name again!