Fungi in the mulch
The kids and I tinkered around in the front yard this morning, and in the hardwood mulch in our front bed, we found a forest of thin-stemmed mushrooms, already drying out at 11:30a:
Leaf litter from our cedar elms lies on top of the mulch. We’ve had so much rain lately, and this spot is so shady, that the mulch is staying very moist.
To give some perspective, the mushrooms are in a bed that is mostly an uninspired mass planting of liriope created by the PO:
Ben and I watched a dragonfly perch on the liriope leaves, as it hunted the mosquitoes that so love the wet, shady mulch. They were out in full force this morning. Must get deet-free mosquito spray.
Ben and Maddie toddled around with their watering cans a bit after looking at the mushrooms, then we came inside for a pb & j lunch.
We didn’t plant as much last weekend as we did the weekend before. We had a kids’ swimming party to go to and some cooking obligations, too. But I did manage to get a beautyberry plant in the ground, a red Turk’s cap, and three lyre leaf sage plants in the ground.
I’m itching for more limestone from Austin Memorial Park Cemetery to finish borders around new beds in the backyard. Won’t scratch that itch today, since it’s so wet still and AMP will be a mud pit. Maybe this weekend.