There is a hazel tree down by the pond in the north corner of the Boggy Brae. It planted itself there, which I’m pleased about because the ones I planted got killed by roe deer gnawing. This year there was a little, very little, crop.
The sporophytes of Variable-leaved Crestwort (Lophocolea heterophylla) are looking good at the moment.
#boggybrae #garden #wildplant 92 of 212 for 2015
The top of the stump, covered in liverwort is a lovely bright spot.
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!
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.
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.
Both last year and this, troops of these bonnets have grown on the same compost heap.