Fungi at the Thielke Arboretum

With all the rain we’ve been getting I’ve been discovering fungi everywhere I look. Before my recent fascination with mushrooms, I’d never even noticed that they’re all around me. Now that I’m on the lookout, wow. My own backyard, a walk into town, outside a friends house or on a neighbor’s front lawn - they’re everywhere.

In a completely natural environment, like the arboretum here in town, the variety seems endless. Here’s what I found on a short walk…

Botanical Art Show

Saw a show of Botanical art at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. Below are my favorites.

Sea Urchins

Found some sea urchins today in Sanibel, Florida. I realized the one pictured below was alive when it moved his 'teeth' ever so slightly. Returned it safely to the ocean and later found another without the animal inside. Water color paintings below are inspired by the topside, spikeless. 

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Tapping the Trees

This will be our second year tapping the two Sugar Maples that grow on our front lawn. 

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Once the hole is drilled, the sap drips out immediately.

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The sap tastes like water but with an earthy sweetness to it. A massive amount of water has to be boiled out before it turns into syrup - about 40 gallons will make just 1 gallon of syrup! But it's so gooood!!!

Mystic Aquarium

Magnolia

Fish Scales

Mushrooms

Spotted these this morning on the library's lawn. Always find good stuff here - galls, acorns, various fungi...

Berkshire Botanicals

In the Berkshires recently for a weekend to celebrate my sister's 50th. We went to the Botanical Gardens where everything was in bloom...

The Berkshire Botanical Garden is a not-for-profit, membership-supported educational organization encompassing 15 acres of cultivated land at the intersection of Routes 102 and 183 in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

Called “a glistening community gem” by Virginia Small, author of the book Great Gardens of the Berkshires, the Garden’s mission is to fulfill the community’s need for information, education and inspiration concerning theart and science of gardening and the preservation of our environment. Our public display gardens are open May to mid-October. Both functional and ornamental, they are among the oldest in the US and have been expanded over the years in breadth and variety through a series of bequests and major gifts. Our collections emphasize plants that are indigenous to or thrive in the Berkshires.
— Berkshire Botanical Garden website
 Not sure what this is...

Not sure what this is...

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 Lady's Mantel looks like a perfect little folded origami.

Lady's Mantel looks like a perfect little folded origami.

 Humongous leaves!

Humongous leaves!

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 I think this one is Witch Hazel.

I think this one is Witch Hazel.

 Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley

 A Spirea, Japanese?

A Spirea, Japanese?

 Star, sunburst, umbrella...

Star, sunburst, umbrella...

Tulips

The tulips have been out for about a week now. These three grow where the crossing guard stands. I'm most drawn to their centers which have a beautiful little design.

 
 Friends gave me this growing kit a couple years back for my birthday. I love the colorful little seed packets and how they coordinate with the ceramic pots. I hope they all grow!

Friends gave me this growing kit a couple years back for my birthday. I love the colorful little seed packets and how they coordinate with the ceramic pots. I hope they all grow!

 
   The seeds are all planted, watered, and set by the window in a spot of sun .

The seeds are all planted, watered, and set by the window in a spot of sun.