Thanks to Bartlett Tree Service the cardboard sheet mulch was covered with 3 to 4 inches of lovely fresh and free wood chips. What I did not expect was the free fungus spores that came with it. Fungi are not bad things, but nature’s decomposers. While my baby plants did nothing during the unfortunately dry winter months, the wood chips began displaying a whole new progression of living things. I didn’t take as many photos as I wish I had of all the different kinds of mushrooms that sprouted, but here are a few of mushrooms and other fungi that began appearing in the garden.
The dog vomit slime mold (Fuligo septica) was the show stopper. Twelve inch patches of bright yellow fluff would appear overnight. I knew what it was because years ago some of it inhabited my compost pile. Husband was particularly enthralled by the slime mold. He ran in one morning saying, “Did you see the yellow stuff in the front yard? Isn’t it cool!” Once he learned its common name he was less enthralled. I don’t think the moniker dog vomit slime mold does this very interesting organism justice. How about “Peep colored slime mold” or “cake batter slime mold.” I guess anything with slime or mold in the name will never sound attractive.