James took these photos for me several days ago. He spotted these spongy things attached to the stems of a Russian sage in the front yard. I have no clue what they are, but I think they showed up after some heavy rains we had a couple of weeks ago. New to me! I can't remember ever seeing something like this in our gardens. I'm checking around, trying to figure out what they are but no luck yet. Mushrooms? Fungus? Help?