Sunday, June 01, 2014

out at last

Although winter and spring have been exceptionally mild and frost-free some plants have been quite slow to appear.  At long last the orchids have returned to Greenscoombe meadows, despite all the damage done to the surface earlier in the year. The top photo is of the lesser butterfly orchid, which is slender and fragrant, and below is a heath spotted orchid and a southern marsh orchid. These two species hybridise very easily and as a result of this the heath spotted orchids in the meadows are very variable in appearance.

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