If our wall is not showing signs of decay, how did the lichens get such a toe-hold? I’ll answer that question in a moment.
When I went out to water this morning, I noticed that our week of hot, humid weather had brought about some pop-up surprises! Loner toadstools or tiny clumps of “fairy caps” were everywhere! It took the humidity to bring the invisible spores to life . . . and overnight at that.
I’m not much of a toadstool. I don’t thrive in heat and humidity. I enlisted the help of two fans this week so that I could work in the studio without melting while sketching “Golden Reflections.” Today I pruned a stem off one of the rose bushes to help draw the leaves.
To answer the question about the lichens, they are ceramic, and were purchased a few years ago at the Stratford Garden Show. This spot by the back-door mailbox seemed just where they ‘belonged!’