Advice urgently needed about unknown mushrooms

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    20180829_194715.jpg20180829_194723.jpg20180829_194731.jpg Today quite of a sudden I have seen unusual mushrooms growing in my garden. See my pictures. I think I need to get rid off them as soon as possible but I have no idea how. Any recommendations please?
     
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    Good evening @Black Orchid . I`m not sure what your 'mushrooms' are as I`m not an expert, but I`m sure there is no need to be worried about them. There are different fungi all over the place here, and I find them quite fascinating. Lots of them are edible.
    Whichever ones you have there will disappear all on their own.
    When you are unsure about the particular species - just don`t cook them for breakfast - but don`t lose sleep over them aye :) I daresay someone knowledgeable will tell you more about those in the morning.
     
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      Hello Black Orchid.
      Fungi, of which your garden visitor is a member of. Yes certain ones we call mushrooms are edible, but not all. Fungi appears in all shapes and forms, and for a naturalist, they offer so much information.
      I have a book. Mushrooms and other fungi of Britain an Northern Europe. by Roger Phillips, well worth adding to your library.

      Actually such fungi should be welcomed by the gardener. Often we might see odd looking fungi on fallen trees etc. In the ground, its actually the minute almost invisible kind of root system that is working hard to breakdown various soil particles, especially those of a woody nature. This amongst other things releases carbon into the soil. Very valuable. Please, just be patient and leave well alone for a while. Your garden visitors will soon vanish. I can' say whetehrornot they are edible.
       
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        Does your book give good pictures and advises which fungi are edible and which are not? I have perhaps 20 different species of fungi appearing all over the place. @Zigs posted it would be a fantastic year for fungi after the really hot summer and boy is he right. I know that edible mushrooms should smell like mushrooms if this makes sense and are peel- able but apart from that know nothing. We have bright chestnut coloured ones appeared with frilly edges and are the size of dinner plates. So tempted to try frying a few but that might hasten the undertaker:)
         
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        Do not eat them! If it is the wrong type then what happens is they slowly shut down your organs and can take a few weeks and from what I have read not recoverable.
        Having said that as a child a neighbour used to take me on his motorbike to collect mushrooms, the only guidance was if the stems were ok then pick them, now I don't know if they were double checked when we got home but at the time it seemed easy enough. From memory they were boiled for a couple of hours and the water changed a couple of times and then fried up with bacon and onions....lovely. The neighbour was Lithuanian and would be used to living off the land.

        Years later I thought to pick them and got paranoid, bought a book and apparently the way to check them is with the spore pattern that's left on a white piece of paper. I eventually gave up as I thought it was too risky and too time consuming doing it that way. You also have to be careful as some don't mix very well with alcohol and can make you ill.

        I would dearly love to find an expert that could take me out and help with picking them as they are so different to the supermarket varieties.
         
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          @Zigs is the resident expert around here - maybe he`ll be able to help :)
           
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          Book measures 8.5 x 12 inches 287 pages incl. index. All illustrations in full colour, several plates per page. On offer at Ebay. Type in Mushrooms and other fungi of Britain and Northern Europe
           
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            I think @Black Orchid is only asking how to remove them not if they are edible.

            I'm no expert but imagine hoeing them or simply pulling up and disposing carefully is the answer?
             
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              Are you suggesting I like a good old bevvy @Scudo?:) It's mushroom lover me that wants to find out which fungi are edible and which are not @JWK . I'll have a look at the book suggested but like Scudo what I really would like is for someone to physically show me the good and bad edible wise ones.
              I know from my various plant and bird books photos are all very well but often aren't totally representative of the subject matter in reality.
               
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                Believe it or not, in France you can take fungi into a pharmacist's for identification - they have to study mushroom taxonomy within their qualification course! They have ID charts in their windows at this time of year too. Doctor's Review | In France, the pharmacist rules

                @Black Orchid - if you really can't leave them to disappear naturally, just put on some gloves and pluck them.:spinning:
                 
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                  Look like Honey fungus, nowhere near my books at the mo, some toxic subspecies.

                  They'll disappear in a few days :)
                   
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                    [​IMG] They look like the Common Ink Cap to me @Black Orchid
                     
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                    Thank you all for your replies. However I am still in doubts what to do with my 'mushrooms '.
                    I need to explain that I have seen a lot of wild mushrooms since my childhood but in Russia. I have a very good idea which mushrooms are edible and which are not but in Russia. I have never seen mushrooms similar to mine in the garden. I would be very much surprised if they are edible. I would not dare to try to eat them (they could easily be galucagenous). I have concerns and worries only because they could harm my plants and can be very poisonous. Some gardeners on FB think that they are honey fungi which could destroy all my plants.
                    I have taken more pictures of them today. After that I have pulled them out but I am afraid they will continue growing.
                    While I was taking pictures of these so called mushrooms I have found some more absolutely different. I have taken pictures of them as well.
                     
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                    Thank you all for your replies. However I am still in doubts what to do with my 'mushrooms '.
                    I need to explain that I have seen a lot of wild mushrooms since my childhood but in Russia. I have a very good idea which mushrooms are edible and which are not but in Russia. I have never seen mushrooms similar to mine in the garden. I would be very much surprised if they are edible. I would not dare to try to eat them (they could easily be galucagenous). I have concerns and worries only because they could harm my plants and can be very poisonous. Some gardeners on FB think that they are honey fungi which could destroy all my plants.
                    I have taken more pictures of them today. After that I have pulled them out but I am afraid they will continue growing.
                    While I was taking pictures of these so called mushrooms I have found some more absolutely different. I have taken pictures of them as well.
                     
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                    It looks like Honey fungus to me. If it is it is unlikely to destroy all your plants at least not quickly. It spreads underground and removing the toadstools/mushrooms is unlikely to affect it. It can affect many different trees, shrubs and perennials and apart from removing and burning affected plants there is not much you can do. I have it and so far it's been quietly living on the roots of some dead trees where the stumps have been removed. I don't how long this will continue. Plants that are unhealthy or stressed are more likely to be affected and there is some evidence that a healthy population of mycorrhizal fungi can help protect plants.
                    Roger Brook - the no dig gardener: I have honey fungus in my garden and am unconcerned might be of interest.
                    I have a range of other fungi that pop up generally in the autumn, including waxcaps, puffballs and earthstars.
                     
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