Terms of endearment for the fungi.

IMG_0094 a funghi


As I was trying to get into my car I noticed what I thought was a bag on onions lying in the patch of land next to ours. Have the neighbours come good and made a sign of contrition? You might remember the episode of the stolen cyclamen some years back now. Are they in a kind of mood for reconciliation by giving us a bag of onions? I rushed inside to tell Helvi about this bag of onions lying about. She, in her usual calm way, said’ ‘are you mad?’ Why would anyone leave onions for us as a gift? I said; ‘have a look.’ Which we duly did.

And the above photo is what we found on closer inspection. No onions but something just as beautiful, but I suspect, less edible.


After establishing they were not onions I tried to identify this lovely group of fungi. Nothing is ever simple, and if you click on above link you will find out why. It is a world on its own. I bet there are people dedicated enough to spend their entire life studying fungi.

It really is an amazing world out there!

For those interested in onions, here is a picture of what they reallyΒ look like.

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11 Responses to “Terms of endearment for the fungi.”

  1. auntyuta Says:

    Gerard, I clicked on that link, and it looks to me too that “there are people dedicated enough to spend their entire life studying fungi.”
    Classification of fungi? Definitely not a simple matter, not at all.
    So, what did you do with this precious bag of fungi? How do you think it got there?

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, there seems to be a large amount f research into fungi, Uta. A vast amount of medicine is a result of research into organisms.
      The fungi wasn’t put there. It grew on that spot on its own accord, almost overnight. I was so pleased to discover it. I remember in the Tirolean mountains of NE Italy searching for edible fungi, especially the chanterelle. They are so tasty.

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      • auntyuta Says:

        Oh yes. chanterelles are very tasty. I still have this picture of my great salad lunch I had in Germany in 2010. I did eat it all, including the decorations!

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  2. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    HA! Are they edible fungi?! Safe? I wouldn’t eat them until I knew exactly what they are!
    I like fungis! Ha! and fun guys!!! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜›
    And I like onions! πŸ™‚
    I shall check out the link!
    ‘Tis an amazing world out there!!! πŸ™‚
    HUGS to you and Helvi!!! πŸ™‚
    PATS and RUBS to Milo!!! πŸ™‚
    PS…When Helvi said “Are you mad? …” I snort-laughed! πŸ˜€

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  3. gerard oosterman Says:

    I would not risk eating those fungi and would stick to the onions instead, Carolyn.
    Hugs too from the Oostermans.

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  4. shoreacres Says:

    I love those compare-and-contrast photos, Gerard. I like to call such sets “nature’s analogies.” Who knows? Maybe Nature’s engaging in a little artistry of her own.

    Fungi (and algae, and lichens) are such a mystery to me. One day I think I understand how they’re connected to one another, and then the next I’ve forgotten it all. I will say that I adored the little puffball fungi that decorated our lawns when I was a kid. Those things had no problem spreading their spores — we’d stomp on them with glee, just to watch the little “puffs” they put out.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      I thought of also showing the onions. Jamie Oliver at one stage went around schools in England teaching children what vegetables actually look like. The dietary habits of many people exclude real food and children grow up on processed and manufactured food such as chips and sweets.
      What surprises me is the speed of how nature works. These fungi sprung up during the stealth of the night.

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      • shoreacres Says:

        I have a friend whose patio table has an umbrella. A vine came up through a crack in the concrete and began twining around. She didn’t think a thing of it, until the morning she got up and found the vine had twined around about three feet of the umbrella pole — over night!

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  5. Therese Trouserzoff Says:

    I’ve always found you to be a fun guy, Gez 😊

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