Fly Agaric toadstools often appear in our garden at this time of the year. They are often seen under the Silver Birch trees in the front garden.
I was surprised to come across these two under the Rock Roses and Kowhai tree in the back garden.
They are poisonous and have mind altering chemicals if ingested so I will only be observing their vibrant colours and markings.
It would seem that these toadstools are found in many countries around the world. Do you see them where you live?
The one that I had in my yard was underneath a River Birch tree, on the edge of a little forest of pine trees. I read that these mushrooms are often found around Pine and Birch trees. I wonder why…….
Oh…and I should add….I live in Virginia, on the East coast of the United States (no where near New Zealand). So you are quite right. These mushrooms are found in so many places. When I first saw it, I thought it was pretty…and had no clue what kind it was.
Welcome to New Zealand! I must have a good look at your blog and learn more from Virginia, USA.
I often see these toadstools under pine trees too. I can only imagine that there is something about the leaf and needle drop from these trees that supports these toadstools. This year they are in a different spot in my garden just to keep me guessing:-)
They look so attractive, don’t they? I don’t see them in my garden. I have seen something similar, and very large, under a big tree on our street.
They are very bright and appealing. I imagine they spread by spores blown about so they will appear randomly at times.
Even though they are so dangerous, they are so beautiful, too 🙂
Thanks! I went and checked them this afternoon and discovered that one had decayed down to a white tissue like blob. Three new ones had popped up nearby. They are short-lived by all accounts.
Aren’t they gorgeous? I usually discover a few when I go to collect pine cones, but it’s been too wet for that.
They seem to love pine needles to grow amongst.
It does sound as if it has been very wet in Auckland Juliet. No more drought.