07 November 2012

Fanciful Toadstools

Posted By Happy Homemaker UK




I'll never forget the first time I laid eyes on these beauties
when we first moved to England

I thought they only existed in fairy tales

Don't you love their girly 'skirts'?

These are Fly Agaric toadstools
and are 'toadstools' by definition because they are poisonous
(mushrooms are edible)

You'll find them under birch and pine trees

With a commanding size and color,
you can't miss them on the forest floor 
this season :)




This image shows the stages of the Fly Agaric
with the youngest cap in the foreground
which will gain more spots and flatten as it ages

Aren't they delightful?

And btw,
England schools really do have competing houses and prefects
just like in Harry Potter

Makes you wonder what is 
fact and fiction sometimes...
;)

- all photos by me -

43 comments:

Stylish Kylie said...

I didn't know they were real either. Great colours.

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

They are perfect aren't they! They also have magical qualities too, people of course think its just a myth....... :)

Rosemary said...

I love reading your insightful comments into our lives and the way we live. Things that we take for granted become more interesting.

Rhi@FlourChild said...

We have them over here too, I love spotting them! Have been watching a little group of them under a tree on my walk to the supermarket, but they have just reached the old brown and trampled stage now ;) They are so fairy tale-ish! And I will apologise for the link cause I don't usually do this, but have a look at these that I made: https://www.etsy.com/listing/113306021/toadstool-cushion-cover-mushrooms-red

Your photos are gorgeous, as ever! x Rhi

Caliowin said...

Don't suppose you took this photo? If so, where? My mum has been on a hunt for these toadstools this season and had no luck.

As for the houses, my school houses were named after women who achieved wonderful things (girl's school)- Austen, Bronte, Dupre and Wollstonecraft. Another school I attended named them after Christian martyrs.

my little red suitcase said...

they are incredible aren't they. I think I've only ever seen them once myself and I live in the U.K. They really are the stuff of fairy tales! Heather x

Jo said...

Perfect specimens. I'm fascinated by fungi but know very little about it. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment.

Sunray Gardens said...

I've never seen them before. They are very cool looking.
Cher Sunray Gardens

likeschocolate said...

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Cute new header and aren't those mushrooms darling.

Pom Pom said...

I love the toadstool photos, Laura!

Rose Fern said...

I didn't know they existed, either! That is something to see in person at least once in a lifetime!

TexWisGirl said...

they are beautiful.

Iota said...

Those don't look real. Are they plastic? I've never seen anything like them.

Iota said...

I like the new header too.

Nicky said...

WOW!!! They are fabulous! You can imagine the ferries coming out at dusk and dancing around them! SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL..... x

Nicky said...

Sorry FAIRIES!!!!! NOT FERRIES!!

greenthumb said...

So very pretty, so dose Australia with the houses and school captains.

Rustic Vintage Country said...

They are beautiful, must go to our park soon in search of them! x

A little bit Country said...

Fairy houses! They are amazing.

beetree said...

Those are beautiful! I've never seen the real deal before...thanks for sharing those, Laura! And, very cute header! :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Popping over there now :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I took these in Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire.

What a great idea for house names :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Really? Surely you have them in Scotland too?

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Either way ;)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Thank you!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Thanks, Miss Bee ;)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Thank you, Miss LC ;)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

They are really something to look forward to seeing each autumn

Sarah Jane said...

OMG I am in love

Sandra said...

Such delightful toadstools and they always held a fascination for me in my childhood picture books! Definitely to be avoided in an omelette!

Tammy Chrzan said...

I lived in England for 4 years, I visit all the time... and I have never seen one of these!! They are gorgeous! And I really did think they were make believe!! See how you keep educating me?

ann said...

I love the toadstools. Imagine finding them in your own yard. The fairies surely must not be too far away.

Jocelyn Murphy said...

Laura,
We have those in Colorado. Did you see them hiking here. The kids love them. They call them Alice and Wonderland mushrooms and say "red your dead". They are always fun to see when mushroom hunting. This year with the dry summer they were about all we found.
Love the picture.

Alyson (New England Living) said...

I remember those! So gorgeous! Love them and miss them. P.S. I was in the Coventry House in my school. :)

Amy W. said...

Wow! I've only seen the fake ones...as my Mom had them on her German Christmas Wreath or placed them as decorations on our Christmas Tree. I never
knew there were real ones!
Thank-you so much for sharing this!
I've lived in Germany as a Serviceman's Daughter...and never once did I come upon the findings you have!
Wow...who knew!!
Thanks again!!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Laura,
Thanks for following my blog and I did return the favor, only getting to comment by the end of my day...
Lovely Amanita Muscaria photos you show us here! Funny, mushrooms have been our job for decades and we did do quite some seminars in the UK and all over Ireland. Fond memories.
Hugs to you,
Mariette

My Garden Diaries said...

Those are the most adorable things I have ever seen! I can not believe they are real!

Life in Transition said...

They do look like something out of a fairytale, don't they?!
Due to an administrative error I was put in a different house to my brother at Prep school - we're still staunch supporters of our separate houses and still argue about whose house was best today, nearly 20 years later! (I don't think sibling rivalry ever goes away, does it?!)

Leslie said...

The prettiest toadstools I've ever seen Laura! BEAUTIFUL photos and I must say they don't even look real! .. and I have heard about the competing schools :) just like Harry Potter!

Thanks for stopping by and leaving your lovely comment. I'm adding you into my blog roll so I should see your newest posts.

xx
leslie

Happy Homemaker UK said...

It's a real honor to appear on your sidebar - thank you so much!

Meghan said...

Oh wow! These are incredible! They look like they have been made from clay! I've lived here for 8 years and have never had the privilege of seeing them! I will keep my eyes wide open the next time I take a walk in the woods!

Zane Wooder said...

Are they poisonous?

-zane

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Ah, yes, they are poisonous.