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I was stuck in traf­fic at Knock­ma­roon when I saw a grey squir­rel look­ing back at me be­fore it ran off along the tele­phone wires.

Pat O’Donoghue, Castle­knock, Dublin 15

This is one of a group of hand­some mush­rooms that grew this year at the end of our gar­den un­der trees. One was 5 inches across and an­other 7-and-a-half inches. Norma Jes­sop, Hill­side Drive, Dublin 14

They are para­sol mush­rooms. They are ed­i­ble, par­tic­u­larly when young. gall on a fallen sally leaf and won­dered what it was. Seán Ó Súil­leab­háin, Ballingeary, Co Cork It’s the gall of the sal­low pea-gall sawfly, which con­tains a larva. It forms on the un­der­leaf cen­tre rib. There’s a tree on the side of the path on our road that has pro­duced two dif­fer­ent fruits, ap­ples and red berries. How can this hap­pen? Joe Bro­phy, Rath­farn­ham, Dublin 14 A tree can be en­cour­aged to pro­duce more than one fruit by graft­ing on a species of the same fam­ily. Ap­ple be­longs to the Malus or rose fam­ily, and other mem­bers of the genus, such as cher­ries or plums etc, may suc­ceed as a graft. I found what looked like a lit­tle string of pearls in old com­post. Can they be iden­ti­fied? Terry Moy­lan, Blue­bell Road, Dublin 12 They look like slug or snail eggs.

How rare are ap­ples like this one? An­thony Deevy, Water­ford

I’d say it’s rare, al­though I came across a sim­i­lar one in Shut­tle­cock on­line. Ethna Viney wel­comes ob­ser­va­tions and pho­to­graphs at Thal­labawn, Louis­burgh, Co Mayo, F28 F978, or by email at [email protected] Please in­clude a postal ad­dress

Far left: Rare ap­ples and para­sol mush­rooms; Above left: gall of the sal­low pea-gall sawfly; Above: Slug or snail eggs.

My daugh­ter Elizabeth found this

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