The bark mulch

…seems to have turned into a compost heap. Well, it is almost two years old. But really, I got quite a shock when I walked by and saw what it was growing.

mushrooms on bark mulch

These are really odd mushrooms: they don’t seem to have a top over their gills.

mushrooms on bark mulch

I think it must have rotted away as they aged, but I’m not sure.

mushrooms on bark mulch

At any rate, they’re roughly 2 inches in diameter, and there’s LOTS of them.

mushrooms on bark mulch

Still pretty, though they’re certainly past their “best by” date.

mushrooms on bark mulch

This appears to be what they look like before they unfurl.

mushrooms on bark mulch

And maybe this as well?

mushrooms on bark mulch

But these are definitely not related. It’s a convivial mulch pile, evidently.

mushrooms on bark mulch

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