Category: Fungi

Morning Impressions

Morning Impressions

| June 30, 2015 | Reply

Morning impressions at sunrise on pest roundup. Click here for 18 photos shot this morning from 6:31 to 7:33AM. Everything looks better at sunrise (except maybe pests, LOL). Late Bloomer Lesson: Be Observant You can only manage what you can see, so take a good look early in the morning. There were at least seven snails […]

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Late Bloomer Interviews Barefoot Farmer

Late Bloomer Interviews Barefoot Farmer

| May 18, 2015 | 12 Replies

Late Bloomer Interviews Barefoot Farmer in Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee. Check out this vital podcast! ~ When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe. – John Muir, 1911 We have to break out of this fog that we’re in thinking that modern agriculture is […]

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The Best Way to Spend Mother’s Day

The Best Way to Spend Mother’s Day

| May 10, 2015 | 8 Replies

The best way to spend Mother’s Day is to plant something. (This is even better if you plant something with your child!) I’m an empty nester now, so I’m planting alone, but today I went crazy planting beans. Well, actually they are the Creams shelling peas that you see in Part 1 and Part 2 […]

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Some Thoughts at the End of the Year

Some Thoughts at the End of the Year

| December 31, 2014 | 10 Replies

Some thoughts at the end of the year, and how technology has changed my life. ~ My first conscious thought this morning, after the initial recognition that the wind was blowing and I hate wind (unless I’m in Hawaii), was, Walker is never going to live at home again. I had woken at 5:30AM, and […]

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Nature Walk – Name that Fungus!

Nature Walk – Name that Fungus!

| November 29, 2014 | 2 Replies

Nature Walk – Name that Fungus! If you’ve been following “Late Bloomer” the last couple of weeks, you know I have fungi on the brain! (See my article “Fungi for Thanksgiving!”) I’m drinking mushroom tea, eating mushrooms, I ordered mushroom immune defense supplements, and I even tried to get a grocer at my market to give […]

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Fungi for Thanksgiving!

Fungi for Thanksgiving!

| November 25, 2014 | 2 Replies

Fungi for Thanksgiving! Beyond attempting to identify various fungi that pop up in the Late Bloomer garden, I haven’t bothered to learn much of anything about fungi in my three years of gardening (I am a late bloomer). But this Thanksgiving week, fungi are all I’m thinking about! I’ve been introduced to the scientific work of […]

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A Great Resource Makes all the Difference

A Great Resource Makes all the Difference

| July 3, 2014 | Reply

A great resource makes all the difference. When you are a beginning gardener you can get overwhelmed with all there is to learn. (It’s like a film photographer learning Photoshop! You’ll never get it all, but try you must!) From seeds, sustainability and soil health to pests, diseases, flowers and fungi, there is SO much to […]

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After the Rain

After the Rain

| March 3, 2014 | 2 Replies

After the rain, the Late Bloomer Garden comes alive! You may have heard about the drought in California. Well, we got a proper hosing the past few days. It coincided with cool season crops mature and lush. My new rainwater barrel is full along with several overflow trash cans, and the soil got a deep […]

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Fabulous Funky Fungi, of the California Kind

Fabulous Funky Fungi, of the California Kind

| May 16, 2013 | 8 Replies

Fabulous funky fungi have been popping up in the Late Bloomer garden! Water a little too much, and some mind-bending creation appears overnight. Pink-spored Pluteus atromarginatus. When I look at this photo.I think of Captain Jack Sparrow (from “Pirates of the Caribbean,” for those of you who have been on a deserted island for the past […]

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Scary Fungi

Scary Fungi

| December 7, 2012 | 5 Replies

Scary Fungi! Did you know that Fungi are not plants? They are unique and separate life forms and have their own kingdom. After three solid days of rain, this group of fungi popped up in the back garden in a shady area of soil. They are not growing on rotten wood or tree roots. I […]

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