Thursday, April 18, 2013

Not five feet from the end of my driveway...


Absentmindedly taking inventory of this and that out in the garden, I was walking with my dog and pulling oak catkins out of my hair, when I spied these mushrooms. Gasp!


I found a tiny couple of them once before, two years ago—close to the same date as today—but they were on the other side of the yard. I've looked at that spot for more ever since, but have never seen another.


I believe they are yellow morels, which are a wonderful delicacy, I understand.


If I weren't such a mycophobe, I would eat them. Instead, I'll watch them grow and then decay—with great botanical interest—but that will have to do.


A garden surprise is there for anyone who looks for one, isn't there? What have you found in yours?

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7 comments:

  1. Oh Daricia, I would be a bit phobic about it too....but wow, what a find!! Can you ask someone about them? I think they are Morels.

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    1. Janet, when my husband got home we looked some more and found them scattered all over the back yard! I will get a positive ID eventually...the consensus last time from a couple of online mushroom geeks was that they are morels. There is only one other reasonable possibility from what I understand, and the inside of that mushroom is solid, which these are not.

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    2. Scattered all over the back yard??? whoa. that is great. I would get a mushroom person out soon!!!

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  2. From what I understand, in France, you can take mushrooms to the drug store and they have people there who are trained at identifying them who will tell you if they are poisonous or not.... but like you, I am QUITE frightened of the risk.

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    1. I love France...maybe I should just move there! ;) Would be nice if there were a system like that in place here, wouldn't it?

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  3. Those are absolutely blond morels -- congratulations on having them grow in your yard! :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Eliza. I knew you would know! I'm becoming more confident that they are safe to eat...maybe one day I'll try them.

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