I wonder if you can help me? My friend at the lake, Nancy, has these mushrooms growing at her cottage, in only one spot every year.
Anyone she's asked doesn't know what they are. I told her you might. Do you? Obviously, she's not planning on eating them, she just wants to know what kind they are. Thanks gardening whiz.
Mushrooms are very difficult to identify positively and require someone who is an expert, but this one looks like it could be a member of the genus Helvella. You can try Ken Fosty, I know he used to grow mushrooms. Let us know if you get a definitive answer.
We are pretty sure they are black trumpets.
Nancy Greer If they are indeed black trumpets they are edible and often sought after. They are also known as: horn of plenty, black chanterelle, or trumpet of the dead. Why trumpet of the dead? They were thought to have been played by those buried underground.
I was wondering if there is a current record for the tallest tomato plant? We currently have a tomato plant that is 9 ft. 9 in. and still growing. We are unsure of the variety, but the fruit is small, like a cherry tomato.
I have never heard of such a record, but perhaps Mr. Tomato has . . .
I do know that indeterminate tomatoes or vining tomatoes (such as Early Girl and Beefsteak) will keep on growing and producing fruit until freeze, growing as high as 12 feet (six feet is more usual). People generally stake these tomatoes. The fruit sets along the stem.
I know of no such record but I've heard of cherry tomatoes reaching 15 feet and more. – Mr. T
Craterellus cornucopioides or black trumpets.