Late Summer/Early Fall

Bumblebee on Celosia

Bumblebee on Celosia

Amaranth stalk

Amaranth stalk

Overalls to match the plants haha

Overalls to match the plants haha

So vibrant!

So vibrant!

Celosia

Celosia

Cockscomb

Cockscomb

Neon!

Neon!

Hartman's Giant Amaranth

Hartman’s Giant Amaranth

Spiderweb

Spiderweb

Malabar Spinach

Malabar Spinach

“Aunt Molly’s” Ground Cherry

Separating the berries from the thin paper-like husks

Separating the berries from the thin paper-like husks

Ground cherry

Ground cherry

A very little white eggplant and an eggplant bloom

A very little white eggplant and an eggplant bloom

Buds on the Loofah gourd vines

Buds on the Loofah gourd vines

Spy Garden Bouquet

Spy Garden Bouquet

A few corn stalks

A few corn stalks

Missouri River sunrise

Missouri River sunrise

Watching ducks

Watching ducks

Herding ducks

Herding ducks at a park

Swimming ducks

Swimming ducks

Sycamore

Sycamore

Sycamore bark

Sycamore bark

In Squirrely Garden at her school

In Squirrely Garden at her school

Our street

Our street

Slow Please

Slow Please

Dexie cruisin'

Dexie cruisin’

Sulfur-Colored Chicken of the Woods; also called Sulfur Shelf or Chicken Mushroom

Sulfur-Colored Chicken of the Woods; also called Sulfur Shelf or Chicken Mushroom

Considered a choice edible. As chicken mushrooms age, they get tough—cut off the tender outer edges and leave the rest on the tree. Recipes abound for this and the closely related pale chicken of the woods (L. cincinnatus). They have the texture of chicken, and with a little imagination can taste like chicken. Although both species are safe and delicious mushrooms, some people get a bit of stomach upset or swollen lips after eating them. Try just a small amount the first time.
This fungus can be used as a chicken substitute in casseroles, enchiladas, and more. As with all wild mushrooms, be absolutely sure of your identification, cook it well, and only eat a small amount the first time you try it, since some people have bad reactions to otherwise edible mushrooms. (from the Missouri Department of Conservation website)
For now, just going to photograph it!

For now, just going to photograph it!

Missouri has dozens of edible wild mushrooms. Missouri also has dozens of poisonous mushrooms; some with names like Deadly Galerina and Destroying Angel. Thus, I am not too eager to start harvesting mushrooms and cooking them up! I would want to be much more of a mushroom-expert first. I couldn’t identify many of the varieties pictured below.

Tree pants

Tree pants haha: note all the little white mushrooms

ID?

ID?

Bigger than a dinner plate!

Bigger than a dinner plate!

Very celestial!

Very celestial!

Like a 3/4 moon

Like a 3/4 moon

Turtle

Turtle

Turkey Tails

Turkey Tails?

I'd never seen a turkey tail mushroom so green

I’d never seen a turkey tail mushroom so green

Little feather

Little feather

Red cap

Red cap

These look like an everything bagel (or bialy!)

These look like an everything bagel (or bialy!)

Dexie helping to hunt for mushrooms!

Dexie helping to hunt for mushrooms!

So many different types!

So many different types!

Gills

Gills

Leaves starting to change

Leaves starting to change

This one was beautiful; had a totally iridescent quality to it.

This one was beautiful; had a totally iridescent quality to it. Very striking in person.

I believe this variety of mushroom was the root of the entire style aesthetic of the 1970's haha

I believe this variety of mushroom is the original source of the entire style aesthetic of the 1970’s haha

Tall tree

Tall tree

Wow!

Wow!

Looks like someone dropped a cut watermelon in the woods!

Looks like someone dropped a cut watermelon in the woods!

Beautiful!

Beautiful!

9 thoughts on “Late Summer/Early Fall

  1. narf77

    Checkin’ out your shrooms…my hands are totally HUGE! You are heading into autumn as we head into spring. Time to get Sanctuary out of mothballs and back into action. Might plant out those avocado trees this year and might add another loquat to the mix. Fingers crossed the long fig cuttings that I took (in the wrong season but the lady was moving, “whatchagonnadoeh?!”) strike…fingers crossed indeed. The figs from this tree were splendiferous in a non-fig-happy area. Blackcurrant futures are high on Serendipity Farm (thanks to the same lady moving and her generosity in allowing me to take cuttings) and will be duly planted out everywhere for Earl to “fertilise” on his boundary runs. I wish we could walk Earl off lead but we would never see him again! Love seeing Dexie free it’s a close second :)

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      Knew you would fancy those mushroom pics! Mmm all sounds gloriously full of garden futures! We have two very small fig trees that never quite took off this year; maybe they will come back strong in spring? Or maybe I will dig them up and they will spend the winter indoors. Only time will tell. Haha Yeah, Dexie’s free all right and good thing because I can’t be bothered with a leash while running/mushroom hunting/snapping pics/etc. haha

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  2. Alan @ it's not work, it's gardening!

    I love mushroom photos, although I haven’t taken many lately. “Some people get swollen lips” sounds bad until you realize some people get the same thing from shellfish and other foods. Still, I wouldn’t feel comfortable harvesting wild mushrooms until I had taken a class!

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      I am always amazed by the variety of mushrooms around here! There are a few varieties I am starting to really recognize; and that chicken of the woods is pretty hard to mistake for something else. But yeah, I am still sticking to the photographs for now!

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  3. Eliza Waters

    I’m definitely in the ‘look-but-don’t-touch’ camp when it comes to mushrooms. Not a big fan of the taste nor texture of store-bought either. It was drilled into my head as a kid and I haven’t ever updated the recording. ;-) Your floral bouquet is gorgeous!

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      Mmmm not me I LOVE mushrooms and eat them often, so I am tempted to try cooking some up; would definitely stick to the really obvious varieties though for a first-time. Thanks about the bouquet!;)

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