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Burgundy-drop Bonnet and Greensleeves


Mycena haematopus

Burgundy-drop Bonnet (Mycena haematopus)

I found this pretty little fungus growing on a rotting log in the garden. It’s only about 2 cm across the cap, and when I broke the stem, it bled! Dark red-brown juice oozed out. There are a couple of ‘bonnet’ fungi that do that, but I think this one is the Burgundy-drop Bonnet, Mycena haematopus (‘bloody-foot’ is more gory than burgundy).

As there’s a big storm forecast for this weekend, we’ve picked the rest of our apples, and I’ve bagged them up and labelled them according to recommended eating times.  We have: Scrumptious (those are past their best now), Ellison’s Orange, Gala, Fiesta, Greensleeves, Herefordshire Russet, Sunset, Laxton’s Superb, Tydeman’s Late Orange and Bramley.

Apples to store

Apples ready for winter storage


The Apple Book  (which is full of beautiful apple paintings and very good descriptions of well over a hundred apple varieties) recommends using plastic bags with pencil-thickness holes poked in them. I prefer the idea of old newspapers, but the bags do make it quick to check whether any are beginning to rot, and last year they did keep very well in the bags. They didn’t shrivel up like ones I’ve paper-wrapped in the past. Some of them should still be good to eat into January.

The box of apples is kept in the shed.  Some of the apples were picked last week, but a mouse had got in and started nibbling one of them, so this is my high-tech solution to keeping the mice out:

Apple storage to avoid mice

Anti-mouse technology

Author: Hedwigia

Gardener, wildlife geek, and very slow runner.

6 thoughts on “Burgundy-drop Bonnet and Greensleeves

  1. We used to store apples in between layers of newspaper. Will the plastic bags not encourage them to rot? I yield to your greater expertise however, in this, and all other matters!

    • I’ve been away from the computer, so apologies for slow response.

      Yes, I thought they’d rot too, but very few did last year – and at least you can see which ones to take out, without having to unwrap every single one.

  2. Yummy, those apples look so good. I love anything apple, pies, crumbles, juice, apple as it comes off the trees. Enjoy, thanks for sharing. Liz

    Liz Stott


  3. I wish I’d known that last year with my apple purchase from a local farm. How long can they keep like that?

    • Hi! It depends on the apple variety – some don’t keep at all (the earliest varieties), but the later ones, that aren’t ready to eat when picked, can last months if stored in a cool, frost-free shed or garage. Another place to look up details about varieties, if you know what you’ve got, is a nurseryman’s website, eg Keepers Nursery in Kent. We bought our trees online from there, as it is near to where we used to live.

      The longest-lasting ones will keep into the new year. Or if you have special chilled storage, like the farmers/supermarkets do, they can keep even longer than that. Some of ours did get frosted last year, in the heavy snow, but they were still good for feeding the birds, and they attracted blackbirds, thrushes, fieldfares and redwings, which I probably enjoyed even more than the apples!

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