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?

6 comments:

Mardel said...

From the picture, it looks like a mushroom to me. There are all kinds of them, all shapes and sizes and colors. Mushrooms are weird looking, but can be pretty. :) Just don't eat it, lol

Linda Leszczuk said...

I've got some suspicious looking grandkids out there...

Fiona said...

I'd rather see your fungus than the snake from yesterday!

Nothing in my yard except moss, moss, moss. Since our spring has been punctuated with April showers all month, the yard is covered in moss.

Aurian said...

Yes, that is some kind of mushroom/fungus. I'd have to look it up to know which one, but it is pretty. And no, fungus are never predators, they live in synq with their host, so your columbines are save. Only if the tree is already death do they "eat" it.

booksNyarn said...

Definitely a fungus - but I like the sea coral imagery. Some days my yard looks like a tide pool with the rain we have gotten this spring!

Griperang/Angela said...

I have not noticed anything strange growing in my yard - but this is the first time ever I have had a bird's nest in our yard with babies in it. We watched the four eggs hatch, grow into cute babies, and then poof they flew the coop. It was fun checking on them each day and talking to the momma as she yelled at us to get away. We figured out that they were northern mockingbirds.