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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Liz Heard Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Jan 2017 at 12:45am
Yeah, lots of dead wood is the ticket! To offset the threat of my partner's future complaints about the'untidy'garden, whenever possible, i'm discerning (or should i say orchestrative (!) in approach) and try to select pieces that look unusual, statuesque, knarled, or otherwise eye-catching too.
Failing that there's always burying it. Just as reptiles expertly home in on heat sources, species such as Honey Fungus will often locate and exploit wood under soil - while all the while giving the impression they're growing on the ground!

Always happy to see (and record) a hedgehog in the garden. We get them now and then.

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Couple of pics of an exciting recent find dedicated to Chubsta.

After Truffles, this is probably the most highly prized table species in Europe, and it's not hard to see why. The flavour is deep and rich (like some sort of fungi port), and i guess the mushroom's exotic-sounding names, striking form and habit of springing up unpredictably in a diverse range of habitats all lend it a certain mysterious allure that's hard to match.

Like, i suspect, others here, i sometimes note a likely roadside bank etc when driving that i think warrants a future herp search. Later, when time allows,i stop for a look.
So when i discovered these Morels Morchella esculenta (a stone's throw from Stroud College), i was actually speculating for slow worms (didn't find any on this occasion!)

There are 2 in this pic...



As well as being hard to spot among the low spring vegetation, owing to the pitted 'head' and hollow stem, the Morel requires dedicated cleaning - they are Woodlouse hotels!





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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote chubsta Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Apr 2017 at 10:53pm
Excellent find, the closest i have ever got to them is an episode of Masterchef...
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Liz Heard Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Apr 2017 at 11:01am
Keep looking and you'll find them one day i'd say Mr J.

Bit of an odd afternoon on Thursday. I went back to the above location for another slow worm hunt and this time struck lucky. 2 males, under different wheel trims and another under a small piece of old carpet.






Encouraged by this success, i then drove 350 m or so down an adjacent side road to check out another roadside bank, where under a THIRD lost car wheel trim was ......a big male slowie..... plus right beside it another 8 Morchella!!







Oh happy day!
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Well I'm glad you said they were hard to spot, as I scrolled down I was thinking, are hub caps really a prized table species in Europe! LOL

See I do read your posts, just far too lazy to say so on the whole. Embarrassed
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lol. the fungi photos are nice but the slowie ones are awesome. Those morels are tasty though. I treated my partner to an 8 course taster menu at a 2 star michelin restaurant in Mayfair a few years ago. It was weird. asparagus ice cream...no thanks! one course was morels and they were amazing though.
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Thanks both.

Not a good specimen since it's been chomped by something (any idea of the culprit?), but here's a less famous grassland Puffball species.
When very young it is spiny (third pic) but these spines quickly wear away.

Yet again, another species with a recent name change (sigh! ); the Mosaic Puffball used to be Lycoperdon utriforme but now sounds more like an out-of-town superstore than a fungus.......

Mosaic Puffball Handkea utriformis








From under a permanently in situ, good old-fashioned piece of decaying corrugated 'tin' (none of yer modern felt nonsense!) beside a canal, a gratuitous Grassie/slowie embrace:



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edible? tasty?  

That's a rather grey looking slowie.

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