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These mushrooms pop when the summers are wet and cool with a few full days of warm sun, usually around July-August and through the warmer days of September. They sprout in our front garden under our pine trees near the ivy boarder; must be a healthy environment for them just in this spot! They add a charming look to our front garden, and we are excited when they sprout and pop up out of the soil. They came up last year, 2010, when i took these shots, but this year they are hiding. Perhaps because May - July, central NJ had a drought, But come August Hurricane Irene and many thunderstorms drops over 20 inches of ran that month, maybe too much water too late? I'd love it if anyone can identify the specific type of mushroom they are and let us know if they are poisonous or not ... NOT THAT WE WOULD EAT THEM ANYWAY!! but, just to "know"!
UPDATE, thanks to great Project Noah spotters, these "shrooms" have been identified as Amanita ceciliae (Cecilia's ringless amanita or Snakeskin grisette, in Europe known as Strangulated amanita.