Unusual Discoveries at the Farm

Posted by Francesca

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!  Ryan 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! Ryan 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 (10)

  • Hi girls,
    That is amazing how big puffballs can get. You don't realize it till you girl's are standing next to it and then we see that the puffball is bigger than your heads. Wow. I bet that puffball could be used in lots and lots of mushroom omelets.
    Hehehehehe
    Well, two new doctors were in to visit with Karen yesterday. What she went to the hospital for, very high fever that wouldn't break, chills, shakes, etc is pretty well gone but she got some kind of bacterial infection in the hospital and it was getting worse each day. So, the one new doctor changed her antibiotic program and the other specialist said that when these new drugs kick in and they can put her on oral antibiotics and she can go home and continue the treatment there as this will take several weeks to get back to normal. So, she thinks she is going home today but you know me. I am the true thinker in this house and I think she will be in for a little while longer. I won't tell her that though. I don't want to get her all down.
    So, we have a couple boarder dogs coming in today so I have to make sure the helpers have everything all spic and span before they arrive.
    I miss posting like I did but right now I have to focus on running this house and being in charge of all the other furry ones here. But the old Maddox will be back. That is a promise to my Glue Squad family
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    I don’t think I’ve seen puffballs that big before. The one’s I’ve seen are only about the size of a grapefruit. It seems that children like to bust them open while they are still small. If I find one, I’ll put my “cone” around it to protect it. Yeah, that would be a better use of the “cone” than around my neck. Mommy and Daddy don’t make me put it on all the time. I get to walk around, sleep and play without it; I just have to be within their sight at all times. Daddy has been doing that thing with his fingers. You know, first he points to his eyes and then points them at me and says, “I’m watching you.” I want to yell, “I know, I know.” Have a good, and safe, weekend all.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Wow!
    That's all I can say ladies. We have a restaurant here that sells burritos as big as your head. I've never seen one, but now because of your post, I have seen mushrooms as big as you head!
    We are going to have a quiet weekend. Rain from Isaac will be here for a couple of days. So much for the National Corn Festival up in Hoopston (at least for Mimi & Papa).
    Thanks for the news, Maddox. Karen can rest knowing you're in charge of the kennel.
    Have a great weekend Glue Squad friends.
    Til Tuesday,
    Rebel

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, Those puffballs you found at the farm are beautiful, aren't they?! I've seen some much smaller ones and how fun to see those big, white looking puffballs! Thanks for showing them to us and I will look for some around my yard! Sure hope you girls, GK, and your wonderful family have a great Labor Day Weekend! Maddox, all that information about Karen is rather disturbing and I pray to God that she will get better real soon and get back home ASAP! I'm concerned about you, too and I thank you for all you do for us! Kirby, your Dad sure is great, isn't he?! He watches you like a hawk! Will check back to read more comments from the rest of you buddies! Sure hope you all have a terrific Labor Day weekend! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Wow, those are some amazing puff balls! At first I thought it was a wayward cotton ball! :)

    My yard also has some funny growing things! :)

    Have a wonderful weekend girly girls!

    Hugs to all...
    gail

  • Good Morning F & S and my Glue Squad Buddies

    Good news - dad's procedure went really well. He is in some pain but hopes to be home today.

    Karen I hope you get to come home soon - we'll keep you in our prayers.

    Sharkey I wouldn't get to close to those puff balls God only knows what kind of bugs hang out inside those things. That is the last thing you want is a trip to the Vet.

    Well I'll be busy taking care of dad all weekend. Everyone have a safe Labor Day weekend and enjoy!!

    Love
    Zoe

  • Hello Ladies & Glue Squad Buddies,
    Puffball hunters, is that anything like truffle hunters? You gals are the greatest investigating team ever. Maddox, I am sure your head is spinning you are so busy, but if anyone can do a great job for Karen, it is you. Hang on, and soon she will be feeling better and home, and you will be relaxing on the deck. Rebel, I am glad someone is getting fall cool weather, because we are still in upper 90's with the hottest summer on record ever--since 1900. I am hoping to check back and have heard from all of you and your weekend plans. Cora Belle, keep up the barking to help get Karen and Zoe's Dad get better. Have a safe and relaxing weekend to all the other Glue Squad pals.
    Hugs & smiles,
    Lynn

  • Puffball Friday! Looks like a new game to play. Maddox I hope Karen will come home soon. Sorry for the posting and run, very busy these days. I hope everyone has a lovely weekend. :smile:

  • ..yikes.I have only seen mini puff balls..didn't know you eat them..Zoe, glad all is well with your Dad..sure you will be a good little nurse and Maddox as soon as Karen gets home I know you will be good big nurse...don't like not having all our glue squad people chipper..so I will bark and act naughty all day, maybe that will help with your recoveries..feels like fall..the dumb little chiweenies were shivering this morning..told them to man-up..then Lucinda and James put their sweaters on them..hope Lucinda lost that stupid homemade cashmere vest she made for me last winter..must go eat snacks..love to all my buddies, Cora-Belle

  • I remember these Puffballs in Missouri on our Ranch. The horses would paw them and the dust would come out...I would get rid of all of them, because I did not know if they were poisonous...

    Hope all is well with Karen!

    delia

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