Out with the Old, NOW!

My Christmas tree flocked itself!


If you don’t know what “flocking” is, it is a method of spraying fake snow on a tree.

My tree took on a flocked appearance overnight, due to our ramping up the heat.


At first I thought the little white specks were moving.  Mealy bugs?


Upon closer inspection, I saw the specks were actually tiny fibers blowing due to the fan.

I snipped of some whitened shoots and popped the pieces under the microscope.


There was a fungus among us.

The tree was unceremoniously stripped of its ornaments in record time.


We hauled it out on the deck with the lights still on.


No need to spread the spores.

Out with the Old.

Happy New Year from the FLOWER and her fungus.

A Conch On An Oak

This is a rather large and lovely fruiting body of a fungus.


Although I was happy to find it, it is a bad sign for the oak on which it resides.

This is a Ganoderma lucidum.  It is also referred to as root rot or butt rot.

This part of the fungi is called a basidocarp. These can get several feet wide and over half a foot tall.


The top is a mixture of oranges, browns and whites. The top is hard and leathery or rubbery.   The underside is white with tiny pores.


These two were found around the base of my neighbors’ oak.  This is twice as bad as finding one because it means the decay is more severe. (Sorry M & N.)

I also spotted the one below downtown, which I plan to report to our local arborist.


The Conch is lovely but a deadly delight.