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Sep 19, 2011 8:04 PM CST
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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We spent some time this weekend at our place in NE Pennsylvania.
The weather was crisp and sunny - perfect for checking out the Spiranthes cernua patches and taking pictures of beautiful mushrooms, which due to the wet weather last month were popping up everywhere in the woods. Remembering my mother preparing very delicious wild Mushroom dishes as we were growing up in East Germany, I really am sorry I lack the education to identify these delicacies for certain, as one little mistake might cost one dearly.
Looking across the pond, Spiranthes cernua grows along the edge of the pond.
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And now on into the woods looking at the many different Mushrooms-
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And these were large enough for Frogs to use as Poker table Smiling lots of them too!
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And - this is how "Escargot" came about?
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And there are always lots of Asters this time of year.
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And some nice views -
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Hope you enjoy!
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Sep 19, 2011 9:27 PM CST
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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What a beautiful spot! Great assortment of colorful mushrooims!
My neighbors are going to Jersey next week, and she was hoping for fall color. I told her it is too early. Was I right?
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Sep 20, 2011 6:34 AM CST
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Orchids Plumerias Cactus and Succulents Region: New Jersey Region: Pennsylvania Native Plants and Wildflowers
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Carol, thanks.
It is definitely too early. You see the color at our place here in Pennsy, it would be about 10 days earlier than in NJ. Not much color there yet, except for Goldenrod and Asters etc. But is certainly late Summer.
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Sep 21, 2011 9:47 AM CST
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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Thanks for the tour. My spiranthes cernua are budded and I hope there is enough warm weather ahead. So many different 'shrooms!! Great ones. I bet that's one happy slug!
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Sep 21, 2011 11:39 AM CST
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Some of those brown Mushrooms ( perhaps different kinds of Boletus) really looked good, some were probably safe to eat, but I just wouldn't chance it. I know for certain that the yellow ones with white spots ( surely Fly agaric) are poisonous. I am just happy to look at them!

About the Spiranthes - we stopped again on the rt xyz slope, the Spiranthes were in full bloom and the whole hill smelled of Anise. I took so many pictures previously and it was breezy anyway, so I left the camera in the car.
The Spiranthes odorata are budding here in Fair Lawn too, but there don't seem to be as many this year.
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Sep 21, 2011 2:05 PM CST
Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
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Wow Ursula,
I would never have imagined such an assortment of mushrooms in Penn.
When I lived in British Columbia Canada..the parks department had monthly classes
to educate the citizens on the many varieties available that were edible...or not! A
good use of tax dollars , in my opinion!!
lindsey
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Sep 21, 2011 3:07 PM CST
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
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Here, here!
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Sep 21, 2011 4:41 PM CST
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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I sure would like the lessons!
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Sep 25, 2011 5:22 PM CST
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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I did not have to look far to find mushrooms sprouting around my containers...at first I thought is this a new plant? Later on realized, owww, cutesy yellow mushrooms...!

This shrooms growing inside my golden yarrow container
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Found these guys underneath those fallen leaves
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These ones are sprouting under a false rock
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These ones growing at the base of my Calamondin tree
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Those shrooms under the Calamondin tree has really grown quite bigger!
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Sep 25, 2011 6:11 PM CST
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Orchids Plumerias Cactus and Succulents Region: New Jersey Region: Pennsylvania Native Plants and Wildflowers
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Neat!! I think the smell of those yellow ones in topsoil is what drives Squirrels crazy!!
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Sep 25, 2011 7:58 PM CST
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Crazy good or bad?
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Sep 26, 2011 7:19 AM CST
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Orchids Plumerias Cactus and Succulents Region: New Jersey Region: Pennsylvania Native Plants and Wildflowers
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Bad, because they will dig over the whole pot! Thumbs down
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Sep 26, 2011 7:52 AM CST
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Yes, bad!
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Oct 28, 2011 2:52 PM CST
Name: Michael Hicks
Clermont, Fl
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wow I wish i new something about wild srooms i love them and that is an assortment to dream about. I would bet more then half are ok to eat BUT i would not try a single one for sure you don't want that kind of problem. there are hundreds of mushrooms in penn. it is the leading state in the us for production but most of those are ground in old coal mines or caves.

Spiranthes cernuaare beautiful i would love to have some of those!

are they one of those plants that dont like pots i used to dig up different kinds of plants that you just cant grow in pots

thanks for the pics there great

mike
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Oct 28, 2011 5:35 PM CST
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Orchids Plumerias Cactus and Succulents Region: New Jersey Region: Pennsylvania Native Plants and Wildflowers
Greenhouse Ponds Keeper of Koi Forum moderator Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Adeniums
Mike, thanks so much!!

About the Spiranthes cernua - I don't think those would grow well in a pot, they need a very specific environment. You have to dig around a bit on the internet, some nurseries do sell some for planting into a garden. They do need the Winter chill though.
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