There was a really interesting write up in there about Fairy rings! Seems that there are AMAZING fairy rings at the Garden.
A fairy ring is a complete ring of toadstool/mushrooms.
There is one in the Garden reported to be 150 years old! In fact, it could be the oldest living plant in the Garden!
And I love that!
Mother Nature just doing her thing, while we're digging & pruning & building & being all corporate about it, she's having a little snigger, making magical things happen right under our noses without us realising!
A fairy ring as we know it, grows free, in a field, at random, wherever it likes ... it grows in a circle because each mushroom or toadstool is inter-connected growing from the roots and goodness of the next mushroom and over time, the roots spread into a circle. It's almost like the mushrooms are all holding hands and breathing life into each other
(that's not the science bit, that's my little head ticking!)
... a Tethered Fairy Ring.
This is a fairy ring that grows from the roots of a tree and consequently, over many years, will co-exist with the tree roots, while it's own roots grow around the trunk, in a complete circle!!
Let's face it, it seems that we could
learn a thing or two from mushrooms!!
With that, in walked Bob Edwards, my friend, who is a volunteer at the Apothecary. There's nothing he doesn't know about ... well, anything really! He very kindly came to sit with me & we got chatting about fairy rings.
He also set up the first Fungi Day at The National Botanic Garden of Wales, which was so successful that it has now become a National Event at all the Botanic Gardens ... Well Done Bruce!