Harper found a treasure in the garden a few days ago!
Luckily, we found her before she got to it. Although these mushrooms look friendly and edible, neither Sam or I know our mushrooms well enough to determine their safety. We maintain a high level of respect to the powerful family of mushrooms.
I really like seeing them in the garden because they are unbelievably beautiful and also because they are a sign that there is a complex ecosystem thriving in the soil. Mushrooms are the fruit of an extensive underground network of “roots”, actually called mycelia, which decompose plant material and contribute to the production of organic matter. Mycelium itself is an important food source for many soil invertebrates, such as earthworms.
Since Harper found the first mushrooms, I’ve been finding many of them too, every day, especially when we had a couple days of nice heavy rain.