“Desperate for Something Growing”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
You know it is bad when you are wanting to see something/anything that is growing so badly that mushrooms catch your eye.
Even in the South there is not too very much that is growing in winter time, but lately, we have been having a lot of mushrooms show up. I think it is because with the high summer temperatures now gone, the moisture in the ground is able to build up and make conditions ripe for the mushrooms to appear.
One type that showed up a while back in our more woodland area is still hanging on. It popped up in late November, and while it is not in pristine condition, it has pretty much kept its shape. These mushrooms are hard, almost like wood.
I find these to be very interesting. As they grew bigger, they would encompass plants around them. This next photo shows a small volunteer ruellea completely surrounded. Even a pine needle got stuck.
These photos were taken in late November, and now, in January, these mushrooms are still around, darker and a little crumbly perhaps, but they have endured freezes and still are hanging on. Tough little guys, aren’t they?