Great! Which one do you want to be?
Fizz and I went out with the intention of shooting some vines. I want to write about Clematis vitalba, Wild Clematis, Old Man’s Beard, Travellers Joy, you know the one.
I want pictures of the stems. They hang like vines in the trees and their sheer weight can bring a tree down. Old vines are as thick as your wrist. It is an important aspect of the species that nobody ever mentions and , you know me, I have got to show this if I am going to write about the plant. I need the pictures but no luck yet, I have not really found good examples and it is too dark.
The first picture of the Robin in my last post, the bird is sitting on just such a vine.
So I was looking and I found some mushrooms.
I think that it looks like a Honey Fungus but if it is, it is one that I do not know.
I went out to collect samples and on the way back I met the local mushroom expert.
When I say expert, he is in his eighties and his knowledge comes from…… well he just makes it up. He told me that these were Parasol Mushrooms and that they were very good to eat. They are not.
I know the Parasol very well and it is nothing like this but I like the old fellow.
A few weeks ago he called me over and asked me if I could recognise a Chanterelle, I can but I was hesitant because I knew what was coming.
“You don’t sound very sure.” he said, “Come over here and I’ll show you.”
He has been eating these mushrooms for years and I am not sure what they are (not Chanterelles) but they haven’t killed him. These mushrooms had gills, Chanterelles don’t. He asked me to look out for them on my travels, “worth a fortune. Let me know where you find them.”
The thing that slightly alarmed me was that he told me that he had taken his wife to one of the best local restaurants and while he was there he had sold a small bag of his “Chanterelles” to the chef for twenty pounds.
I really like this man but his knowledge comes from a different place than mine.
Hardly any UK mushrooms are actually dangerous and anyway he has made it to eighty five.
Going back to my mushrooms, I had to seek expert help and I sent off these pictures asking if this was a Honey Fungus.
Well, this is how we learn things.
Muddy Paw Prints (spore prints)
I am only tickling you to keep you happy, I have got another ball.
It used to be classed as edible but it is now recognised as poisonous. Poisonings have only been recorded when this fungus is consumed with alcohol and then the symptoms occurred about ten hours later and included vomiting and diarrhoea (not a killer).
Now then, just recently Fizz has been exhibiting some unusual behaviour, possibly something to do with her celebrity status. When she gets hold of the ball she rolls over on her back and won’t give it back until she gets tickled.
And The Lemondrop Kid, well I don’t know but this is definitely not The Scarlet Pimpernel…
Lysimachia nemorum, The Yellow Pimpernel
The Yellow Pimpernel is a shade tolerant woodland plant. In fact the second part of it’s scientific name, nemorum, comes from the Latin word nemorus and means “of the woods.”
Note the pointed shape of the petals this helps to distinguish it from it’s close relative L. nummularia, Creeping Jenny whose yellow petals are much more rounded and also closer together.
Species: Lysimachia nemorum