Orchids forum: Spiranthes cernua and lots of beautiful Mushrooms - it is almost Fall

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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Sep 19, 2011 8:04 PM CST

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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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Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
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ctcarol
Sep 19, 2011 9:27 PM CST
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?
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Sep 20, 2011 6:34 AM CST

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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.
Name: Kathy
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boojum
Sep 21, 2011 9:47 AM CST
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!
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Sep 21, 2011 11:39 AM CST

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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.
Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
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sugarcane
Sep 21, 2011 2:05 PM CST
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
Name: Kathy
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boojum
Sep 21, 2011 3:07 PM CST
Here, here!
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Sep 21, 2011 4:41 PM CST

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I sure would like the lessons!
Name: tarev
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tarev
Sep 25, 2011 5:22 PM CST
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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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Sep 25, 2011 6:11 PM CST

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Neat!! I think the smell of those yellow ones in topsoil is what drives Squirrels crazy!!
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Sep 25, 2011 7:58 PM CST
Crazy good or bad?
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Sep 26, 2011 7:19 AM CST

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Bad, because they will dig over the whole pot! Thumbs down
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Sep 26, 2011 7:52 AM CST
Yes, bad!
Name: Michael Hicks
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chefmike92
Oct 28, 2011 2:52 PM CST
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
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Oct 28, 2011 5:35 PM CST

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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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