But wait, there's more!
Like wine caps! (Stropharia rugosoannulata). This is a mushroom I've heard of and searched for, but never found until I was walking with my students on the NYBG grounds last week. Wine cap mushrooms grow in wood chips, and sure enough they were popping up in the mulch under several trees, just begging to be picked. Which I obligingly did.
Sadly, in my excitement, I neglected to take a really good i.d. photo, showing the dark purple-brown gills, the corrugated ring, and the cord-like roots that help i.d. this mushroom. Since I was leaving town the next day for a Garden Writers' conference in Raleigh, NC (where I am now), it was all I could do to get them clean and processed. Can't wait to taste them when I get home.
Raleigh has been fun, although I've been underwhelmed by the gardens we've seen. The street signs sure are entertaining though: