Early Autumn Discoveries

Posted by F&S

We were walking around the farm the other day, commenting on how the weather is feeling a bit autumnal.  We also started noticing certain things that only appear in the fall.

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Sharkey!  Come here!  I've discovered something amazing!

1 Sharkey! Come here! I've discovered something amazing!

We've seen big, round, white things like this before!

2 We've seen big, round, white things like this before!

It looks just like one of the large, round, cement finials adorning the stone wall!

3 It looks just like one of the large, round, cement finials adorning the stone wall!

Franny, don't you remember?  It's a type of mushroom called a puffball.

4 Franny, don't you remember? It's a type of mushroom called a puffball.

Puffballs begin growing in late summer and throughout the fall.  They grow in soil and on decaying wood.

5 Puffballs begin growing in late summer and throughout the fall. They grow in soil and on decaying wood.

It's so strange, Sharkey.  I've never seen one growing here before.  As I recall, puffballs are an edible fungi, but how does one eat something so big?  Do you butcher it up like a side of beef?

6 It's so strange, Sharkey. I've never seen one growing here before. As I recall, puffballs are an edible fungi, but how does one eat something so big? Do you butcher it up like a side of beef?

Let's see if we can find any other early puffballs around the property, Sharkey!  Shaun said they tend to grow behind the shed over here!

7 Let's see if we can find any other early puffballs around the property, Sharkey! Shaun said they tend to grow behind the shed over here!

He's right!  Here's little one!  Compared to the other, this one is so cute!

8 He's right! Here's little one! Compared to the other, this one is so cute!

Did you know that puffballs can range in size and color?  This type is white when it is young.

9 Did you know that puffballs can range in size and color? This type is white when it is young.

But, as puffballs age, they turn brown and the insides begin to get dry and powdery.

10 But, as puffballs age, they turn brown and the insides begin to get dry and powdery.

This puffball has definitely matured.  It's brown and is broken open.  The powdery spores release into the air with every touch or wind gust.

11 This puffball has definitely matured. It's brown and is broken open. The powdery spores release into the air with every touch or wind gust.

Ah-choo!  One can see why these things are called puffballs!

12 Ah-choo! One can see why these things are called puffballs!

Comments (9)

  • Good Morning F & S

    We have mushrooms growing all over the place. Mom said it was from all the rain. I haven't found any puffballs but we do have lots of brown ones that grow in clusters. They are even growing in the middle of the lawn!! The leaves are starting to fall which means next the snow comes :(

    So my weekend was not what I hoped for, mom golfed both days. The weather was beautiful so I guess I can't blame her plus she has been under a lot of stress lately probably did her good. She tried to make up for it by giving us leftover chicken with our breakfast this morning. I have to say it was yummy :) Maybe I'll tell her if she makes me some of those peanut butter dog treats that I love we'll call it even.

    Zoe

  • Hello Ladies,
    Aren't you both the little explorers today???? Looks like fun going on a hunt for mushrooms. I wonder how they would cook up??? I did a lot of lounging over the weekend. Mom is working at warp speed for her craft show coming up in October and Dad worked on Saturday. Mom's birthday is tomorrow, so her people daughter had them over on Saturday and she was treated like a queen from what I hear. I did a bit of resting, but was mad I wasn't allowed, so yesterday I got myself in a time out--snuck into the garden and was picking cucumbers. Have a great Monday all.
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Good morning everyone,
    U must say those were some big mushrooms. I wonder how they would look with glitter all over them. Martha should try that, might look pretty.
    Speaking of big round things, I heard on the news that there is a shortage of pumpkins this year. What about all those kids that want to cut them out and decorate them? I hope there are enough pumpkins for them.
    Well, two more chows got baths the weekend. I thought it was rather entertaining. hehehehe
    My turn again today. Ah, the price for being handsome.
    Enjoy the day,
    Maddox
    PS - My mom said to say "thank you" to everyone who wished Jonesy a Happy Birthday. He is going to be going home soon. His mom was sick for a while but she is getting better so soon he will be going back to his own house. We will miss him but his mom misses him too.

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    I know something else which comes in the fall, football. Yep it’s time for my Daddy to sit in front of the “tube” and pay any attention to me. As you can guess I don’t like football. I guess things could be worse; he could be out playing golf. Right Zoe? Moms and Dads have to relax at times and we, as pet children, have to let them have their free time. Yeah I know, this doesn’t sound like a Chow Chow who has to be the center of attention. I wonder what Mommy and Daddy do while I nap; I’ll have to think on that one.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • autumnal??? great word! Oh I didn't know Puffballs were edible fungi, I always destroyed them thinking they were an intrusive fungi...good to know, but I don't think I could eat one, just because it's in my mind set for so many years.

    Love the finials!

  • Hey everybody,
    Wow F & S, what great fun to snoop around! I am still digging for cicadas. They are so crunchy & yummy. Mimi says we have a stinky fungi growing in our mulch. She calls them stink horns. They are a really pretty orange, but man do they stink!
    Have a great day all,
    Rebel

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K., Fall certainly has arrived, hasn't it. Your great photos certainly indicate that it must be wetter in your area and cooler just like it is here. You two girls sure look cute in these photos! I like seeing the puffballs and they remind me of a volleyball or a big baseball. We don't seem to have the white ones, but we do have golfball sized very dark ones on the other side of our driveway. The spores of the dark ones are almost black. Hey Basil, you didn't eat the cucumbers did you?! Be sure to wish you Mom Happy Birthday from me and my Mom! Hope everyone has a great day today! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+ PS, Hi G.K.!

  • Look out ladies, those puffballs are almost as big as you two are. Your farm has the early look of warm fall. It must be so much fun to roam around there no matter what the season is. Almost time for sweaters for the two of you. I bet GK is happier for the cooler weather. :smile:

  • ..Basil, wish your mom a happy birthday for me... Quigley, my pal the guinea pig, is under the weather..so Lucinda wrapped him in a warm towel and we examined his body, much to his dismay..looks like he got bit by some nasty bug..so we cleaned it and gave him some anti-biotics and an energy drink...he is sitting in his dome now eating a little slice of apple and looking a little perkier...whew!..must get outdoors and see if we have any fungi..over and out..cora-belle

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