Gazing out the window today my eye was caught by little sprinkles of colour on the lawn – mushrooms! I’m far from a mycologist but I think I may have identified a couple of them with my trusty fungi guide, ‘Mushrooms’ by Roger Phillips.
The yellow ones above and just below are the same mushroom (I think!). And in flipping through the hundreds of pages of very similar looking shrooms I think I found it. I may be wrong but from what I gather it seems to be a ‘Parrot Waxcap’. It’s a cute little guy and with its cap just popping out of the top of the grass it could only be around an inch or so tall.
The two images below are of the ‘Pink Waxcap’, a little gem of a mushroom which was the first to catch my eye today. It’s unusual in that it’s only pink when wet and otherwise is an ordinary light beige-white. I like that it starts off small and pointy, like an unopened beach umbrella, and then seems to explode outwards in tatters as if a sudden gust of wind just came along and ripped the fabric from the frame. I think the strong winds we’ve been having all day inspired that analogy.
Immature Pink Waxcaps
I also noticed a couple of clumps of light coloured mushrooms which looked like they could also be related to the others. Maybe today’s rain didn’t reach these slightly sheltered ones and they are also Pink Waxcaps? I’ll wait and see if they’ve changed colour in the morning.
Well, unfortunately none of these guys seem to be worth picking and eating but at least I got a nibble of sorrel while taking pictures. It is really quite amazing what you’ll find literally popping up in your back garden. Anyhow, I’ll leave these little mushrooms be but my mind has definitely been inspired to go hunting for some that will be worthwhile on the plate 🙂