Friday, August 17, 2007

Mushrooms Galore!!

Our yard has turned into a mushroom breeding ground!! On my way to the mailbox, I couldn't help but notice the hundreds of mushrooms that have popped up all over the place. I quickly hurried back, grabbed the camera and told the girls to "Come see!" After warning them not to touch and to just look, we had lots of fun looking at the many mushrooms.

This mushroom on the left, we imagined to be the home of Mr. Mouse. It looks like a little doorway and we made up stories about who lived there. Tomorrow, I will encourage the girls to draw a story about it, since we didn't have time to do that today.

There were really many varieties of mushrooms all over and I took the opportunity to explain to the girls how mushrooms grow, that some are poisonous and others are safe to eat.

The big fella here was HUGE! It was the size of a basketball and I really had to plead with the girls not to step on it. They thought it would be strong enough to support their weight! I found a smaller mushroom and pulled it up so the girls could see the bottom of it and there was a tiny caterpillar on the underside of it, covered in mushroom spores. There was my perfect example/proof of bugs needing the mushrooms to eat and then the girls understood not to destroy any

These two red ones remind me of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the original one) and when everyone gets to go inside that magical room and eat the grass, flowers and mushrooms. Remember that one scene where they scoop out some sort of cream from the white spot on the mushroom? I always liked that movie!

We had lots of fun and on the next trip to the library, I'll look for a book on mushrooms!


blueyondergirl said...

Whoa! You've got quite an array of mushrooms there! We only ever have a few, but after all the rain this year, we've see all kinds of new things popping up. My kids are completely fascinated by them, and walk wide circles around them in awe, "cuz you know, Mama, some of these things can be super bad poison!" :-)

DJ Kirkby said...

Oh thais brings back memories of my dad's 15 acres, much of which had mushrooms of one variety or another. Do you ever go mushroom picking? Chantrelles are delish!

jenny said...

Blueyonder & DJ -- I admit, I have never seen so many mushrooms all at once before! there are literally hundreds! I'd like to get a book and see if any are edible. The internet wasn't very helpful or maybe I just didn't find the right sites. I took a lot of pictures and what I posted were just a fraction of them! Didnt want to bore anybody with mushroom 'pin-ups'! :o)

Krissie said...

Well, let's hope none of those are lethal if eaten. lol (I don't trust those sneaky bastards - all pretty and red and then they kill you!)

Sparx said...

Hmm... oneof those looks like a fly agaric... looks like something's been munching on that one but not the others... hmmm...

I love mushrooms, I do have a book for identifying them but none grow in my garden.

BTW, fly agaric is a poisonous one, it's the red one with white spots. However, it's also an, erm, 'funny' mushroom so best ensure it don't get et!

Lisa C. said...

Are you gonna host a mushroom tasting party?

jenny said...

Krissie-- The girls know not to touch them and poke 'em with sticks instead! LOL

Sparx-- a 'funny' mushroom, eh?? Well no wonder it reminds me of Willy Wonka, it was a trippy movie! :o)

Lisa-- Sure! Wanna come?

Lantana said...

Hello Again Mt. Mama:

Your yard needs a good dose of LIME. That will take care of the mushrooms and any other fungus you have there.

My daughter picks mushrooms in the woods all the time,and yes, we eat them. Delicious, but don't try it unless you are an expert at choosing!


LaRonda said...

Mushroom rings are signs of Fairies! You must have lots of them dancing about in the moonlight out there!

~ LaRonda

LaRonda said...

Mushroom rings are signs of Fairies! You must have lots of them dancing about in the moonlight out there!

~ LaRonda