Two Oddities

When I ran the walks for the Patterns of Flora weekend on Raasay somebody picked up a dead twig that was turning blue. (If whoever it was reads this I would be delighted to give them the credit.)

Blue wood

Blue wood

Martyn tells me that is probably wood inhabited by mycelium of a species of Chlorociboria. If the small, saucer-shaped fruit bodies had been present we might have got further.

I have noticed this year that the creeping stems of Ranunculus repens (Creeping Buttercup) are much more obvious than usual in my “lawn”. I suspect, but have no proof, that this because their growth has been less inhibited by low temperatures than the surrounding species. They appear to lie across the top of the lawn – but are still rooting pretty well. Anyone else seeing this?

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