Found these in garden since Christmas, they did freeze in the cold weather but are now wobbly and like jelly.. where have they come from and what shall I do with them? There are 3 of them close together....please help. Maureen.
We live in Italy and we have had these on the lawn for the past two years or so. A nice new healthy lawn, too. We have discovered that they are a peculiar tye of organism halfway between slime and mushrooms. They are often called "slime mold" and are quite disgusting to look at. Those we possess are bright emerald green in colour, and form jelly-like excrescences that sometimes spread out and sometimes "grow" into quite large bubble or pod-like forms. They seem to like a damp, warm situation under trees, if for instance the grass gets waterlogged for a few days in summer when temperatures are high. They "die" if the climate is too hot and dry, but promptly reappear when suitable humidity levels are reached again. We gather that they have different ways of transmission or reproduction, by means of spores or mycelia. So far we have found that the only way to remove them is to wait until they dry out and then we remove the whole patch, bit of underlying lawn included. This does make a patchy lawn in places, with bits of resown grass under new topsoil here and there, but as we don't want to hurt the wildlife visiting the garden it seems to be the only way. I hope this helps. Artemisia AQ