Thursday, November 1, 2012

Mushroom Magic

Although I am not a mycologist I find myself fascinated by the fungi and mushrooms that sprout up all over my garden and in my containers after a big rain.

Yesterday, while out surveying the damage from Sandy  I noticed that nestled among the thousands of crepe myrtle berries that blew off  in the storm, there were little "cities" of these tiny mushrooms.   

Can you see how small these are? I have no idea what sort of mushroom they are, I just think they are cute. They remind me of the mushrooms that as a child my grandfather told me fairies lived in. 

Edward Robert Hughes

Are you a fan of mushrooms? To eat or to observe?

I do not like to eat them, I do not like the taste or texture. But while writing this post I managed to get lured into the world of mushrooms. I now have 7 books in my Amazon cart!

These little things are fascinating! Did you know that all mushrooms are fungi but not all fungi are mushrooms?

Or that there are roughly 75,000 known fungi but that researchers believe that at least 1.4 million are yet unidentified?

Who knew?

If you would like more information about mushrooms please visit, Rogers Mushrooms, Roger Phillip is a leading expert, photographer and  author of over 20 books on mushrooms and plants.

Or you can visit Amazon for some great books on mushrooms.

I hope that you have a good day!
 To those of you who are still stranded, and without a warm place to lay your head know that I thinking of you and praying for your well being.

To my blogging friends who are without power, I miss you and hope you are safe and well


  1. I love your shroom pictures!! They're one of my favorite "small things", I'd love it if you shraed this over at my Nibbles and Novels party!

  2. Hello Elizabeth:
    Alas, we know very little about mushrooms or fungi in general. That said, we enjoy eating them and Tímea, our cook/housekeeper, makes us an excellent mushroom soup.

    In our gardening days we were always terrified that we might develop in the garden Honey Fungus which is capable, as happened in the garden of friends, of killing huge numbers of plants and trees.

  3. Living in France I have learned to love mushrooms but also respect the dangers... French children learn at a very young age how to identify the edible from the non edible... so many are deathly... and when in doubt it is national practice to take them to your local pharmacy for an id and an ok or not ok to eat...

    'Magic mushrooms'... that is a whole other business...:


    I love the taste of mushrooms and they are so good for you. I enjoy them sautéed with olive oil, GARLIC and some thyme. I make a great cream of mushroom soup!


  5. happy november!

    hope you'll stop by...i am now happily sharing photos and info about my paris trip (but none of the 'croissant-top' i earned)!

    smiles to you.


  6. Oh! Yum! I love mushrooms, and eat them all the time, though I'm not confident enough to eat wild mushrooms. On my foodie wish list is a day foraging with an expert, so I could learn to identify them, we have so many growing locally, and I know many are edible.
    I hope you don't have too much damage and aftermath to deal with, it does sound dreadful from this side of the pond.
    Keep safe and have a relaxing, calm and storm free weekend.
    Jude x

  7. Love mushrooms, so magical, so earthy, so beautiful.

  8. Elizabeth, I am a fan of both edible and inedible mushrooms. Because of our humidity we have interesting fungi grown almost year 'round. They are one of my favorite subjects to photograph. I hope you are having a grand beginning to November.

  9. Hi Elizabeth,

    Wonderful photos you took! They grow so quickly don't they? We get a lot of them here in the pacific northwest.

    I like mushrooms.. have to be in the mood to eat them. I don't care for them in my stews but I do like them on pizza and a stir fry :)


  10. I just wrote a blog post about mushroom risotto. I do enjoy mushrooms, but my husband doesn't. So when I am on my own for dinner, I often make dishes that use them. Hope you had a good Halloween.

  11. I love to eat mushrooms. They taste so good. They stopped selling them at the store I usually go to. Boy was I mad about that.



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