A ‘shroom with a view

It’s been an odd and off growing season around our Little Bitty in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood.

The roses that bloomed were too few, and far later than usual. The hydrangea refused to flower. Even the lawn gave me two weeks off between cuttings.

There's a fungus among us.

There’s a fungus among us.

Now, this.

Wild mushrooms are sprouting out of nowhere, all over the backyard.

They’re quite ugly. And I’m not just saying that because I am not a fan of the mushroom anywhere, anyhow, including on my plate.

Spreading like wild ... mushrooms?

Spreading like wild … mushrooms?

So I do not consider myself an expert on mushrooms. But it surely appears that we have more than one variety here. Lucky us!

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Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle shows no interest in the lawn fungus. For that, I am thrilled. A beloved rescue mutt ill from poison mushrooms is not on my list of autumn yahoos.

Are you experiencing the mushroom extravaganza this year, and if so, what have you pinned it on? Would you like to conjecture with details about these wild varieties? What’s the best and worst things you’ve spotted growing wild where you live?

56 thoughts on “A ‘shroom with a view

  1. Clumps of shrooms were all over the park when I was taking squirrels pics there a couple weeks ago. I even stepped in one fungus pile and it felt like stepping in something else squishy and nasty… yuck!


  2. Ah, Mark, they’re cute!! I love mushrooms, but not in my yard as I don’t trust my dogs not to eat them. I was just in Portland, where a stranger suggested that my husband and I should go foraging in the forest for mushrooms. I was a little horrified at the thought, because I cannot identify wild mushrooms and have read one too many old stories. Needless to say, we didn’t go around munching on the forest floor, but we did order a mushroom pizza in Napa on the way home.


  3. We get mushrooms where our property meets the one next door. In the shade of pines. There are maybe 50 or so and they’ll stay on for a few months. I don’t mind them. I see them as a beautiful natural thing. All over North America, mushrooms sprout in autumn ๐Ÿ™‚ I wish I knew if mine were edible ๐Ÿ˜‰


  4. When my daughter lived in Alaska and I went to visit we would go out into her huge yard and pick mushrooms. She knew which ones were edible and which were poisonous. Most of the mushrooms that grow are definitely poisonous!


  5. We had one on our front lawn that sprouted overnight – it was a beautiful white, perfectly round globe, and it was huge. I planned to go out and take photos to share.

    But then hubby mowed the lawn. So much for my artistic endeavors.


  6. I don’t see them in our yard, where our landlord does pretty much nothing with the lawn but cut it. But, our neighbor who has a weekly landscaper and pretty grass suddenly had 6 inch wide toadstools overnight last week. It was the oddest thing. I read about it in an article online and it said that the fungus grows under there for a long time sometimes before you see the mushrooms.

    The worst thing in our area is some disease that has hit many of the trees with black spots.


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