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These violet-coloured fungi are growing on an old compost heap that has been left to its own devices this year.
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While I was looking at them it seems I trod on some of their relatives that were growing on the same heap but were covered by a mesh of Cleavers. My boots and clothing came away dotted with seeds of Cleavers too!
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Further under the shadow of a yew and a holly that grow next to the compost heap were a couple more. I’m pretty sure they are Wood Blewits (Lepista nuda #boggybrae #garden #fungus 10). Apparently it is possible to confuse this species with Violet Webcap (Cortinarius violaceus). The Cortinarius is not edible whereas the Blewit is so a spore print is useful, that of the Cortinarius being a red-brown colour as opposed to the Blewit’s pinkish one. A good untrodden Wood Blewit from a previous year looked like this below. You can see the violet colour of the gills on the mature specimen.2013-12-02 at 13-14-09


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On the same heap last year, where Toad had thrown a lot of grass mowings, I found troops of the delightful Hare’s-foot Inkcap (Coprinellus lagopus #boggybrae #garden #fungus 2). The green shoots in the upper left of the last pic of Hare’s-foot Inkcaps (click on the thumbnail to enlarge it) are avocado plants. I potted some up and gave some away. The couple I still have are now 80cm tall and have leaves 30cm long.

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Both last year and this, troops of these bonnets have grown on the same compost heap.