Orchid delight

I was volunteering with Butterfly Conservation at Foxley Wood NWT recently and just had to stop and take a photo of the delicately coloured common spotted orchids that have done well there this year. Nothing common about them at all – very elegant and refined I’d say.

Common spotted orchid
Common spotted orchid

Green-winged Orchids

Early purple orchid flower

The arrival of May means we are entering late springtime, augering the arrival of warm days and our early orchids. Here are two you can see readily in Norfolk, the Early Purple Orchid (orchis mascula) that can be seen in ancient woodland where it is often a companion plant to bluebells, and the very small Green-Winged Orchid (Anacamptis morio), a later flowering orchid happiest in open unimproved grassland.

Early purple orchid flower
Early purple orchid flower
Green winged orchid flowers
Green winged orchid flowers

After the whites greens and yellows of early spring now pinker palette emerges among our countryside wildflowers. Amongst others, both the pretty red campion (silene dioica) and herb robert (geranium robertianum), one of several elegant native geranium species, come into bloom during in the month and if you’re lucky, you might even see an early poppy.

Early Purple Orchid

Early Purple Orchid

My so very nearly ready bungalow renovation has been swallowing all my time and is already showing a fun diversity of wildlife, today I saw partridge strutting on my summer house roof plus, doves, a pheasant, swallows, house martins as well as sparrows and other hedgerow finches and a couple of white and comma butterflies flitted past the new hedgerow… This is one of very few occasions I’ve been out with my camera, late in the day on my Birthday visit to Foxley wood for the bluebells, and this Early Purple Orchid shot is an even rarer occurence – that of a flower shot without my 180mm macro on my camera.

Early Purple Orchid
Early Purple Orchid