Friday, April 29, 2011

The Strange Thing in the Garden

By Heather Webber/Heather Blake

Strange things are growing in my yard. I first noticed this a week or so ago when I was sitting on the kitchen window bench, admiring all the spring flowers sprouting. The hyacinths and daffodils. The columbine is budding and the hosta’s fronds are spreading. Everything’s coming back to life, and it couldn’t make me happier. It was a long winter.

But then I noticed something...strange. On the mulch. Something orangish, that definitely wasn’t a plant or shrub. It needed investigating.

I poked it (with a twig), I prodded, I leaned in close. Whatever it is (I’m still not exactly sure), it’s a beautiful color and reminds me of sea coral. I’m guessing it’s a fungus of some sort, and I should probably dig it (and its friends—they travel in packs) up, but I kind of like it. It’s pretty. So it can stay as long as it’s not hurting anything else (if it goes near my beloved columbines, all deals are off).

How about you? Any strange things growing in your yard?