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Did you know that Fungi are not plants? They are unique and separate life forms and have their own kingdom. After three solid days of rain, this group of fungi popped up in the back garden in a shady area of soil. They are not growing on rotten wood or tree roots. I looked through literally hundreds of mushroom photos on the internet, and didn’t see anything like this. Images are in order of how I imagine they progressed. They seem to actually bloom!

Brown Mushroom

Unidentified Fungi – Image 1

First, a round, brown mushroom pops up, then the whole surface cracks open.

Unidentified Fungi - 2

Unidentified Fungi – Image 2

Looks like an alien from another planet! More mushrooms pop up alongside the first, and when the surface is cracked open enough a darker “bloom” pushes out, right.

Detail of Brown Mushroom

Unidentified Fungi – Image 2 Detail

This I am calling a “bloom.” The surface is now peeled back like petals, and in the center, a cup pushes out, and inside that is a layer of blue mold.

Brown Mushroom Opened

Unidentified Fungi – Image 3

This one appears to be decomposing without a cup. The texture is very much like damp sand.

Brown Mushroom with Mold

Unidentified Fungi – Image 4

I assume this one got covered in mold from all the moisture in the air, before the surface cracked open. Taken by itself, it looks more like a truffle, but when I see the others, I don’t think so. Help me identify this if you can. And what should I do with it (with any fungi for that matter)? Thanks for your help! – Kaye

I just discovered this mess under my birch tree. This one, about a foot across, was the largest of several piles. Now, I was already worried about keeping the base of the tree dry to keep the oak root fungus under control, but it’s rained a lot and I had to dump some of my, shall we say, ripe collected rainwater onto already rain-soaked ground. (Watch for “Downpour!” – Episode 5 of “Late Bloomer” coming soon!) A few days later, I’ve got yellow fungus, also called slime mold, from some gardening forums I just read. It’s very unpleasant and from a distance looks like scrambled eggs, but apparently it’s harmless and will dry up and become brown and hard. I’m sure this adds to the over-all biodiversity in my garden, so, why does my stomach feel a little queasy?

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