THE National Arboretum at Westonbirt (Gloucestershire) was surprisingly quiet last weekend, except for people (like us) buying a Christmas tree, or partaking of the hot soup in the restaurant.
The recent mildness and wetness has meant that there was a good show of toadstools, in spite of the time of the year. We were impressed by some super large fairy rings surrounding a number of trees. The fungus in these cases probably has a close (ecto or endo-mychorizzal) association with the trees, where the fungus gains a free home and the tree gains nutrients obtained through the fungus's hypha.
As its getting towards Christmas I thought that the mistletoe found on Saturday on the Somerset Levels would be worth sharing: