In My Garden: Beauty and the Beast

Garden rose 001 Here is Beauty, Her Royal Highness. She is a large rose with a delicate fragrance. Southern California weather is a beautiful Indian Summer. The temperatures are unpredictable. Daytime temperatures could be anywhere from 60 degrees to 80 degrees.  Evening temperatures have dropped into the 40s. When the temperatures dropped the roses began to bloom again.

Water rationing is in effect now. It may have helped. No water is being given to the grass but my roses get water three times a week as allowed. They seem happy with that. They are not getting over-watered. With the sun not beating down relentlessly  but a nice steady warmth it is perfect for roses and they are blooming again. I even have a few roses for the table.

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I’m calling this The BEAST. Does anyone have any idea what this might be? At first I thought it might be a mushroom. I looked on the Mushroom identification site and on the Fungus site. I couldn’t find anything that looks remotely like this. In the ground it looked like a Russet Potato standing on it’s end. Four inches protruded from the ground.

It has a firm skin-like surface. The surface yields slightly under the hand. It looks like it has been nibbled by something. Luckily there were no dead creatures around. This growth is about 4″ across and about 12″ long.

It was under the Star Pine tree. I thought it might be a root fungus. I broke it off, concerned it might be poisonous. The bottom surface has a somewhat woody look to it. Since it is Sunday here I didn’t take it to the nursery to see if anyone might have a clue to it’s identity.

Does anyone out there have any idea what this could be?


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