HEAT, HUMIDITY AND MUSHROOMS

Post last updated: October 10th, 2018

I have lived in Florida most of my life and was certain it was paradise on earth. Now, cough—choke—sputter, I’m not so sure.

Those signs proclaiming “Welcome to Florida, the Sunshine State” really don’t tell the whole story. “Sunshine State” sounds like Paradise, of course, but I’m here to tell you that it’s possible to get too much of a good thing. All that sunshine creates heat and humidity that make Florida summers the frying pan of the South.  The August heat nearly wore out my skin. I was taking two showers a day even when I wasn’t working in the yard.  I can’t stand sticky skin. Even my cat, Whiskey, howled at the door for admission to Blessed Air Conditioning.

“Sunshine State” also means you won’t be able to grow even half of what you see in gardening magazines. Cross the state line and you enter Zone 9. Just forget about blue spruce, astilbe, hosta, peonies, and that’s just the short list. Down in these parts, there is an encyclopedia of plants who pull up their own roots and commit suicide because there is no air-conditioning in the great outdoors. Bugs, on the other hand, love the tropical heat. We have a plethora of bugs and critters sufficient to creep out the most committed Bugologist. Thus, it would technically be more honest for the State of Florida to revise that welcome sign to “the Bug and Sunshine State.”

I just about gave up gardening the past two months. The August heat nearly finished me off then all that sunshine turned liquid in September. We had ten inches of rain. My fall veggie seeds were probably washed away to the next county.  Glub, glub … water everywhere … wall to wall mushrooms…

Yellow mushroom
Yellow mushroom

 

Tall mushroom
Tall mushroom

 

Pink mushroom
Pink mushroom

 

Folded mushroom
Folded mushroom

 

Almost folded mushroom
Almost folded mushroom

 

Brown spotted mushroom
Brown spotted mushroom

 

drum mushroom
Timpani drum mushroom

 

Small brown mushrooms
Small brown mushrooms

I hope to feel better about the Sunshine State in November.

 

24 thoughts on “HEAT, HUMIDITY AND MUSHROOMS”

  1. Did you research any of those mushrooms? Any of them good for eating? We have morels here and people go crazy traipsing all over tarnation looking for them. Sometimes it becomes morel wars. People protect their secret spots in the woods for them. Me? Never ate them…never saw one in person.

    1. Agggh, Marla, I had hoped people hadn’t noticed my two month absence from my blog. I had been posting photos which my friend Ginny called “placeholders.” I just haven’t been in the mood to work on the blog! I’ve barely kept up with following other blogs like yours. I’ve also been having a “cookie” problem when I try to hit “like” on other blogs. Although I’m signed into wordpress, it won’t let me hit “like”. It takes me to another screen. As for that folded mushroom with the evil mouth … you know whatever story it tells is going to be scary.

      1. Oh, I’ve noticed your absence. But, it is okay … sometimes a break is needed. Your creative juices will get flowing again! My cookie problem: I made chocolate chip today and have eaten TOO many!

    1. Yes, Blondie, lots of fungus! They came up and bloomed the first year. This year, they came up and the leaves turned brown and died. We’ve had an extraordinary amount of rain this summer and they don’t like a lot of water. I just hope they survive… By the way, I can’t seem to leave a “like” on your page. I’ve suddenly got this cookie with an X through it in my browser bar that says “This page was prevented from setting cookies.” I can’t figure out how to get rid of it and I think it has something to do with not being able to “like” some pages.

  2. You have my deepest sympathies. In Alabama, I am a zone farther north, but those hot, sticky bug-infested summers do not escape us. At least you can grow tropicals. Your mushroom crop is also impressive. The one that looks like it has a man-eating mouth is perfect for Halloween!

    1. Deb – I must admit that when I saw the man-eater mushroom, I uttered one of those “Gee-awww” sounds. Hmph, I kind of like all the stuff my sister can grow in Zone 8, Atlanta, rather than the tropicals.

  3. You do have an extraordinary crop of different kinds of mushrooms. At least they are interesting to look at. Are any of them edible? I had a neighbor that used to go pick some wild mushrooms that were edible. I am too much of a chicken to pick something without an identifying sign of what it is.

  4. Nice Jones! We too, in CO had an abundance of shrooms this summer. I pop the heads off and have a peek at the underside because it’s an amazing little piece of art 🙂

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