Looks like a fungi ? Did you touch it ?
I was unsure at first but the mystery has been solved if you care to read the rest of the comments…
Hmmm… a powder puff mushroom?
I was thinking fungus of some sort…
I want to know – what is it?
I want to know too!
It looks enormous on the photo, but is it what we used to call ‘cuckoo spit’? Some kind of insect larvae are in there perhaps!
It is about the size of a marshmallow so a fair size – and I wasn’t sure if it was fungus or insect larva but you may have read that the mystery has been solved
My initial reaction is the same as Cathy’s ie ‘cuckoo spit’ but then it seems a bit too early on in the season. Is the mystery blob decorating the ivy or another plant?
It is on the old piece of tree, Anna, and the ivy is just a coincidence – you may have read that it is indeed a fungus
It couldn’t be an exploded golf ball left by a casual Golfer passing by? Whatever, I wouldn’t want to be around when you smash it open. Please do a followup on this one.
Haha 🙂 It is just about that size John!
Could it be a spider’s nest? We shall be in suspense waiting to hear what emerges from the cocoon ….
It turns out it is a fungus – not one I have seen before
It’s a slime mould (Myxomycete) found on daed wood, often gateposts or fences. No common name, although I have seen it referred to a False Puffball, it is Reticularia lycoperdon (http://www.outerhebridesfungi.co.uk/species.php?id=188). It will turn brown and form a crust before it releases spores.
I thought I would be able to rely on you or Mr Croft Garden – thank you so much for identifying this, something I have not seen before in our garden or anywhere else
Difficult to tell from here. Fungus or insect case. ???
It turns out it’s a fungus – see comments
You were making s’mores and the gooey marshmallow flew off the end of your stick and stick to this bush. You can still eat it if it’s been less than 5 seconds ago.
Haha! I thought it looked a bit like a splatted marshmallow too 😉 ps ‘they’ now say it’s safe to pick up and eat after half an hour now…
I’ ve never seen anything like it, what a good thing you have knowledgeable blogging friends, who would have thought it was a fungus? I would have thought some sort of chrysalis.
Yes, we can usually rely on our blogging friends to solve mysteries like this 😉
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