Thank you CB. Fungi coming up big time here. Surprised that some are making an appearance again, I had areas here that were almost carpeted with Chanterelles in July and now they are appearing again. My Fungi of the day are two Shaggy Inkcaps. They appear every year in the same place and always only two for some reason.
I don't know if it is because it has been an excessively wet season, but I have never had so much fungi appearing, apart from the fact that the chanterelles have gone mad again the lawn (maily moss) are covered with fungi(all surrounded with beech trees) also the ground around the rowan trees. there are various fungi appearing in the outdoor pot plants.
Post by Cotham Marble on Oct 20, 2019 16:44:02 GMT
As always - caution re: id by photo - but Field Mushroom Agaricus campestri looks pretty likely. Gills of the young specimens should be salmon pink, only turning darker in older or bruised specimens. Smell is a useful guide, in A.campestris it's a pleasant mushroomy smell, while in Horse mushroom A.arvensis there is often a noticeable aniseed smell. It's generally said that field mushrooms caps always stay white while Horse mushroom caps turn yellowish as they get older, though I'm not sure that this distinction is always so easy to make. There is a related species Agaricus xanthoderma the Yellow Stainer, this has an unpleasant smell which together with it's staining yellow on being bruised should be enough to distinguish it from it's relatives, although there are other differences to look for. Another member of this family but much rarer and looking like a cross between a Horse mushroom and a Parasol, is The Prince, A.augustus a quite rare and stately fungus, usually found growing under confers rather than in grass, I once saw a whole tribe of these growing under a line of Leylandii on the edge of a school sports ground near the centre of Bristol, it's said to have the smell of bitter almonds.
Walk around Spalford Warren there were plenty of mushroom to be seen a nice patch of plumbs and custard growing on an old pine log and all sorts of small brown and white ones in the undergrowth.
I couldn't get to where I wanted to as they've locked part of the reserve down while the sheep are in there grazing 'dumb asses who don't control their dogs being the reason' so the patch of wood where the fly agarics put on a display of dozens in circles was out of reach
Still plenty more about below some photos, the ones I've named I think I'm right not sure about the others, think the purple gilled one 'last photo' maybe an amethyst deceiver and the parasol lots about this ones about the size of a dinner plate ian
Walk around Spalford warren it's even flooded here in places and every thing is looking sorry for itself, quite a few mushrooms about but pretty soggy looking most seen I would say were the puffballs all blown out, a good number of jewelled amanita under the pines and these below don't know the little ones. ian