Unexpected orchid

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Paul O
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Unexpected orchid

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Five days ago I noticed something large and purple sticking-up in a small mixed wildflower patch in our field by the brook:-
It looks like a pyramidal orchid, which I've not seen anywhere around here before.
This field, a meadow in the making, was used for cow grazing/silage by the local farmer for many years until fortunately he decided a few years ago we had planted too many trees in it for silaging to be worthwhile, starting us on a discovery about meadow-creation..

Although it's not yet bursting with wildflowers it's a lovely place to visit at present - with a book, chair and camera I walk 40 paces down the garden to a sheltered spot in dappled shade and spend a couple of hours in my own little world, keeping an eye out for orange tips (a fair number), speckled woods (plenty) and beautiful demoiselles (everywhere), and listening to the dunnocks and warblers.
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Re: Unexpected orchid

Post by Steve Pollard »

It's a southern marsh orchid.
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