If you've been reading other posts on Buffa10*, you may have come across these very cool planters. I took several pictures of them, most of which didn't turn out so well due to the sunny day. I wish I'd been able to get a few more from other angles. I did make a point of visiting with gardener Joe's helpmate Scott and asking him about these. As I thought, they were fungal growths, collected from dead trees on their property out in the country. Scott's words were something along the lines of "He came home with a bagful of these things and I said 'Oh, Lord, what's he going to do now?'" I'd love to have met Joe, too, cuz he and I clearly think along similar lines. I'm already plotting to wander through the woods on a friend's Somerville property and see if there are some fungi available.
*I've purposely avoided reading most of the other Buffa10 attendees' posts yet ... I didn't want their perceptions and experiences to color my own posts. I'm sure there will be a lot of cross-posting going on the next couple of weeks as we all sort through our memories and memory cards. I look forward to reading what others have to say and I should have plenty of time inside to catch up over the next 77 days of awful!