Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Slime mold and other garden news

This excellent thing appeared overnight in the front yard. It appears to be Fuligo septica, which rather unfairly I think goes by the popular name dog vomit slime mold. The resemblance is there, but there aren't many dogs that could produce such a color, unless they had snuck into the turmeric. At any rate, the slime mold is a fascinating and often beautiful organism.

I include an additional photo for those whose tastes in flora run in a more conventional direction: one of several glorious ceanothus bushes in the back yard. A native plant every drought-conscious California gardener should consider: looks fantastic year round, and thrives on neglect.

1 comment:

  1. Slime molds can be very dangerous for your garden. You need to be careful and run effective mold removal sessions.

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