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There are no scissors in lib cap picking, something to do with it being a grass growing mushroom, and the fact that it oxidizes the chemicals in it somewhat alot. Mushroom John explains it in a recent post.
Your spore print is purple-brown, which the psilocybe's have.
Mycelium fruits for around 3 year.
The next three questions, well this is just due to the habitat these mushrooms like.
They have been found earlier than the normal time, but they like a cool climate and lots of rain.