Slime molds are one of those mysterious groups of microorganisms
that inhabit our gardens. Like mushrooms, slime mold erupt
suddenly, and although they're often beautiful, their emergence is
also quite puzzling.
What mycologists say about mushrooms can also apply to slime
molds like this. That is, no matter how much we think we know about
mushrooms we will still always be faced with two questions at each
sighting: "Why is that here in this place?" And, "Why is
it here now?"
We bow to their learned resignation, accepting also that
learning about the activity of garden microorganisms is a subset of
gardening that could involve many lifetimes. We'll enjoy the mental
challenge even when the manifestation is not so pretty as this.
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