AFTER THE dry spell we’ve had, I wasn’t expecting to find fungi as I cut back the
ivy and overgrown herbs in a shady corner of our garden. The colour of the cap of
this fungus is what I’d describe as ‘oyster’; a warm greyish fawny brown, but I guess
that doesn’t make them oyster mushrooms.
I need more time to do a serious study of mushrooms an toadstools but today I couldn’t
resist drawing these two fungi and, as a change from my habitual fibre tip drawing
pen, I took a reed pen from the drawer and used Rohrer’s indian ink. I wanted to
work in a loose inky way, rather than settling down to a serious study.
Since I wrote this page I’ve had some help with identification:
‘My guess would be that they are Tricholoma (calocybe) gambosum (St George’s mushroom);
it’s just about the right time for them. Have a sniff – they have a mealy smell and
a firm texture.’