New garden buddies 🤗
I had a group of 3 collared doves rock up in the garden in late Summer. Two parents and their little one. I’ve not had collared doves as residents in my garden until that point and the baby has decided to stay behind. Woody the wood pigeon allows this little one special access to his water butt which is helpful as she doesn’t seem to be very well recently. I’ve been watching a spot over her left eye slowly dry up (pigeon pox perhaps 🤔) and her tail feathers aren’t in great shape. Seeing as it’s taken me this long to reassure her I’m not a predator and a source of food, she mostly just sits on the fence like a little puff ball. I’ve just put food out for her but she seems to be just keeping warm all fluffed up. With the #biggardenbirdwatch this weekend, I’m pleased I’ve left my garden in a heap! Lots of sunflowers that I haven’t removed are providing seeds to a new group of coal tits that have started wandering in. Large amounts of weeds I need to remove also is providing excellent cover for smaller mammals in this cold weather too 🤗 though I know I’m being secretly judged by some of my neighbours, it’s the start to another year of dancing to my own tune and not following typical British gardeners standards and just leaving things be. I’ve not even removed the skip bags yet as they’re full of branches and I’m not sure any residents haven’t created homes in them to 🤗
Embracing the chaos, mess and making new wildlife friends as a result (especially as they need help in this cold weather) is a rebellious little win 🤗
Good morning buddies 😊
Thanks for sharing @shroomiej excellent information and 📸🍄👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
The Hygroscopic Earthstar (Astraeus hygrometricus) astonishingly reacts to the amount of water present in the air around it. During dry conditions the “arms” are wrapped closely around the center puffball to protect it from the elements. As the humidity increases, the arms unfurl to fully expose the puffball. Sometimes the arms unfurl so far that they actually raise the puffball off the ground. Similar to other puffballs, its spores are released when falling rain drops land directly on it. .
When you ride over a pothole and your puffball breaks in half 😳 Still, we had puffball lasagna last night, and now the whole house smells of dried puffball, which will be turned into dust, soon (it is as fine as spores and smells intensely mushroomy. Freeze in small batches for approximately a gazillion uses. For ideas check out @alanbergo 's website foragerchef.com) Esoterica: Forage Harvest Feast's manuscript contained 5 mushroom chapters that were cut - the book was getting too big. One of those was dedicated to puffballs! #calvatiagigantea
Warted puffball and campfire 🔥! Double smoke! I love cooking over a campfire, I love everything about it. Esp the way you smell afterwards. All of it 🌳🌲🍃 I also like to eat young puffballs, they don't taste much but if you season them they're yummie!