Sunday, 7 November 2010

More mushrooms

This suddenly appeared in my garden last week:


It is a traditional toadstool with red spots as featured in fairyland scenes, Enid Blyton's books about the magic faraway tree and similar. I must have a magical garden. Now keeping a look-out for parties of elves, small talking woodland creatures or similar, complete with jugs of acornade!!

Actually, its common name is fly agaric, latin name amanita muscaria. I am credibly informed that is it hallucingenic and highly poisonous. So I've instructed the kids to admire from a distance, and not to touch it.

As you can see in the photo, something's clearly been eating it, I hope the toxic effects are not universal, or maybe they were having some sort of party?

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