As my Arranger was about to water the Shiny Bristle Fern (Arachnoides davalliaeformis) on our front porch, she noticed something interesting and unlikely, a bright object hiding under the foliage. I was summoned to see and identify.
On closer inspection, it certainly looked like a mushroom or toadstool of some sort. Ah, there’s a fungus among us!
A search of other pots near our front porch revealed similar yellow fungi growing where they were not planted. Not being a fungi expert, I consulted the internet, found a picture match for my new discovery, and am reasonably sure it is Amanita muscaria, identified as a highly toxic fungi. A gloved hand removed them from pot to trash bin.
We have experienced an enormous amount of rain in the past week (another half inch yesterday), and I wonder if that might be encouraging the growth of fungi in our area. A neighbor must have been as surprised as I was to see something unusual suddenly appear in her front yard.
Again, a bit of research enabled me to identify a “Fairy Ring” with some degree of confidence. These are fungi in the Basidomycetes class.
One of the joys of gardening…and observing nature in general…is the discovery of new things that venture into our awareness. They can be birds and snakes and butterflies and seedlings and insects and creepy crawlies. They can be benign or dangerous. Some we may welcome, others we may have to deal with. In almost every case there is a lesson to be learned. And that, for me, is joyful.