Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Six months in edible mushrooms

What a wonderful half year of foraging its been... I've not gone out frequently to the woods and pastures, but each time the abundance has been marvelous:

It began for me in June with an unknown Bolete to me, it stained deep blue when cut, but I was assured by an experienced French friend that it was edible, and so it proved to be.

French Chanterelles (Cantharellus cibarius) in profusion...

...and, come October, Welsh Ceps (Boletus edulis) and Chanterelles in no lesser numbers!

Now we are into winter it is the season for Wood blewitts (Lepista nuda) in Somerset.

(p.s. don't ever eat wild mushrooms unless you are 100% certain of their identity, or know them to have been collected by someone whose competence and caution is unquestionable).

Thursday, 3 November 2016

The Big Acer in Autumn

This girthy Acer campestre is in its 8th year of development form field grown stock and is starting to produce very nice small leaves. All the branches will be wired again soon.