Blushers on the golf course? Well, my golf gives me plenty to blush about, but on Sunday I was admiring the first class golf between the top ladies in my club and those of Ryston Park. I may lament the amount of chemicals used on the golf course, as well as the excessive trimming of undergrowth where no golfer should ever go, but there is a lot of wildlife there.
I’ve never seen these before. I meant to go back with my iPad to take a photo, but there was a big competition on after our match, and anyway we entertain our visitors when the match is over, so I forgot.
I’d like to thank the Mushroom Diary for helping me identify this handsome fungus, grouped under some of our conifers, in among the pine needles. Ay first glance they looked like Parasol mushrooms, but they weren’t the right shape. I’m fairly confident they are Blushers (amanita rubescens), and if they are still there on Wednesday I’ll try to get a pic.
Meanwhile, you can read more about them at the Mushroom Diary’s lovely blog. The copyright on the picture is theirs, too.
Other fungi on the course
We have an abundance of Puffballs in season, and occasional Penny Bun (boletus). There are several places where horse mushrooms (or field mushrooms) or St George’s Mushrooms seems to be prevalent. I’m never sure enough to try them. We also have several types of fungus creating fairy rings. Several species of fungi need treating on the greens, but I’m sure that more aeration and leaving the worms to do their thing would help.
I have also seen Common Stinkhorn and Parasol mushrooms there. I know another place where Parasols are abundant, and have taken pics of those in the past.
There are several other fungi, but I shouldn’t talk about other members like that!
This is part of my #30DaysWild challenge. You can join in!