2005 was wet and warm which is the ideal condition to stimulate
the growth of mushrooms. We found and amazing variety springing
up all over the garden. A few of the specimens we found are
displayed on this page, and hopefully identified correctly.
We did try eating some of the edible varieties that we found,
but only after extensive checking.
Shaggy Parasol mushrooms - ours
were found growing under poplar trees. A very attractive mushroom
Shaggy Ink Cap - Appears one
day and is gone, leaving an inky mess after just two days.
Glistening Inkcap - We
get hundreds of these in the meadow when conditions are damp
in late summer and early autumn. These also turn to an inky
mess after a few days.
Meadow puffball - We
have only had one of these but it was a magnificent specimen.
It was growing in the field.
Slippery Jack -
These grow under our Scots pine from about June. They have
a slippery coating on top and yellowish pores, rather than
Jews Ear - Not
a very politically correct name, but it does look like an
ear. These were found growing on an old Elder stem.
Stubble Field Volvar - These
were growing in large numbers in the field behind us after
the wheat had been harvested and as the stubble lay on the
ground in wet conditions. They grow about 10cm high.
addition to the pictured mushrooms we also get Fairy Rings
with Fairy Ring Champignons ( they are small but they do go
well in soup ), Brown roll Rims under our birch trees, small
Japanese Parasol mushrooms and we have even had Oyster mushrooms
growing on an old poplar stump. Plus we get lots of other
small mushrooms that we have not been able to identify.