"For Heaven's Sakes! What in the world?? And what are you doing hanging around my hosta??"
(I'm sure those were my exact words about two weeks ago when I discovered some thick, white, globby stuff growing around on the mulch, all around a hosta's stems...)
I also didn't know what it was, until today. At lunch with three friends, one of them pulled out her iphone and showed me a picture. "Know what this is?" she asked. "No, I don't. But it was in a flower garden a couple of weeks ago." "It's Dog Vomit Fungus. (Ugh!) My daughter found it and looked it up. It usually starts out yellow, and as it turns white, it gets thick," she said. "It does! I was afraid it would hurt my hosta, so I scraped it all up. It was thick, and gummy, and hard to get out!" I replied. Here is an excellent link to a site with description and photos.
I didn't take a photo at the time, but I've just now hopped outdoors with my camera. Forgive these dark, blurry shots... it's getting dark outdoors! This photo is just part of what I scraped away from my hosta a couple of weeks ago..
Speaking of fungus, look at what I found in the backyard a couple of days ago!! In doing a little on-line "search and re-search," I found what I believe to be Omphalotus commonly known as the Jack O' Lantern mushroom.According to my reading, these are deadly poisonous, causing difficulty in breathing, a drop in blood pressure, irregular heartbeat and respiratory failure. They also exhibit bioluminescence by glowing in the dark.
This is "hearsay" only, because by the time I discovered these facts, the fungi were already a few days old and looked more like this
I noticed another type of fungus outdoors this morning. I've seen these before, but not for a couple of years. These are Mutinus caninus stinkhorns. They are odorous (stinky) but loved by flies and other insects! This is a link that will show you what they look like after they "sprout."
And this is what they looked like a few hours ago.
these are most of the Fungus that I've noticed Amungst us! :-)
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When I think of "The Entertainer," I think of Scott Joplin. What a musical genius! Click on the photo below to listen to a Youtube recording. :-)
A true Garden Entertainer is Lycoris squamigera (resurrection lily). This plant is in the amaryllis family. Often called Surprise Lily or Naked Lady, the early spring foliage appears alongside that of daffodils.
Where daffodil leaves have a more pointed tip, Resurrection lily leaves have a rounded tip. The other, most significant difference in these plants deals with their blossoms. Daffodils bloom in early spring, whereas Surprise Lilies are blooming right now. They began growing here a week or so ago. Pretty much the first of August.
Called Naked Ladies by many people, there is no sign of foliage when these plants bloom. A stem with a flower bud suddenly begins to show through the soil, growing taller every day. At about 2 feet tall, the flowers begin to appear!
Enjoy the "Garden Entertainer!" :-)
An Exceptionally beautiful flower! :-)
Thank you for your visit today.
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These little tree toads were Decidedly Doubtful about their territory being invaded! :-)
Credit as to the owner of this photo, etc. is in the photo below.
I came home with Volcano (spider daylily) from Hobbs Hilltop Gardens.
Today's foray found us exploring hosta heaven at Hillcrest Hostas, a couple of miles west of Hobbs Hilltop Gardens on U.S. Highway 2, on the south side of the highway. This is a link to their website. Make sure you click on each of the tabs for more photos!
They also have a few daylily beds, but are not yet selling them. They do not wish to compete with Mr. Hobbs. However, this is another photo of a Dainty tree frog hiding in a Daylily!
I believe he Definitely resented the interruption of his afternoon nap! :-)
Okay! Do you want to see photos of the hostas I brought home today? Here you go!
Names, not in any particular order, are: 'Autumn Frost', 'Grant Park', 'Happiness', 'Korean Snow', and 'Choo Choo Train.'
Happiness Is . . .
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