Monday, September 18, 2006

Fungi

The walk in the woods yesterday was just amazing. I've never seen so many different kinds of mushroom and toadstool, and I've walked there for years. It must be a combination of the hot dry summer and then the downpours of the last week.

There was everything from the classic red and white fairy story ones to tiny lurid purple sticky ones. One patch looked like a miniature metropolis. I'm sure I saw at least one cep/bolete, as they have very thick club like stems, but I wasn't confident enough to risk it. I think it's sad that we've lost our knowledge of hunter-gatherer foods. I wonder if it was the Industrial Revolution and the Clearance that caused it. Other countries, especially France and Italy still seem to be able to identify and pick wild herbs and fungi. Although I understand the pharmacy identification of fungi in France is not all it's cracked up to be.

Wish I'd taken the camera, but it's useless trying to lug a tripod while walking two dizzy dogs.

I looked up the odd ones that I saw at the beach and they're called earth starsand there's a picture listed here.


I bought myself some Spring bulbs yesterday, decided if the boys could go to the footie I deserved a treat too. They are deep purple almost black parrot tulips. I have this thing about black plants just now. I like they way the suck in the light, and they provide great contrast. I'll plant them today.

GPS is home today, Sept holiday here, but he'll probably golf once Maths homework is out of the way. Hibs won yesterday against Rangers so he's in good humour.

6 Comments:

Blogger PI said...

I had the black tulips a couple of years ago and they were special. I don't seem able to keep tulips. If I lift them and put them in the shed I forget about them. I'm trying to think of something to put in the tubs for half-term.

12:13 pm  
Blogger apprentice said...

Yes they are much more trouble than daffs.

Soon be time to plant wallflowers for next Spring. Pansies seem to go on and on now.

2:14 pm  
Blogger Potentilla said...

If you do take some pictures, post them and I'll get my mother to look. She is an amateur mycologist; we ate fungi throughout my later childhod without ill-effects. There are many species of Boletus so probably avoiding the possible cep was wise.

I've got some stripy parrot tulips in pots which have flowered for three years so far, much to my surprise. I didn't even remember to feed hem, although, the foliage died down naturally each year.

9:29 pm  
Blogger apprentice said...

I'll try C. I used to work with a guy of Polish extraction, his whole family would collect mushrooms, and they'd dry them and then make fantastic soup with them in the winter.

BTW for a while I took coriolus versicolor fungi in a powder for the cancer, but it costs a fortune and it was too expensive to keep it uup.

11:48 pm  
Blogger Andrew said...

There's a fungus among us! :o)

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1:52 am  
Anonymous chiefbiscuit said...

Wow those fungi look so weird and science fiction-y!
Autumn' mellow fruitfulness beginning to take? The black tulips sound good enough to be a writing prompt!

9:08 am  

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