Whilst waiting for the washing to be done this morning, I thought a bracing walk around our few acres might go some way to banishing the last of the germs hanging around me!
I only got as far as the old mulch pile (as opposed to this years mulch pile) before I thought to go back for a camera. Fungi everywhere.
The orange fungi we get every year in rotting wood or mulch and the puff balls we get all the time too but I haven't seen these black ones before.
It stands about 6 inches high, tall and straight, standing solitary watch for faeries and elves. The stalk is light and hairy and the cap is dark purple, almost black until you get up close.
These lovely orange cups appear every year in different places, it depends on which piece of wood is at the right stage of decay.
The second year we were here, we had a huge Cyprus Pine and four Ponderosa Pines removed, they were at an age to create a lot of danger from fallen branches. Hence we have lots of logs and mulch from the branches rotting down beautifully, so every year we are rewarded with wonderful fungi, usually orange, but many shapes lighting up the dull dark places around decaying wood.
These puff balls look like alien beings hatching from the loam, pushing there way up to the daylight.
Opps, I definitely watched too much TV this weekend!!