Tag Archives: Orchids

Orchidelirium and getting out of the cold

I’ve never been sure whether I like orchids or not, possibly because they look so artificial in all their frivolous splendour. In fact it took me several visits to my sister’s house before I realised that her glorious, perpetually-flowering specimen … Continue reading

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Looking for a man!

OK, I couldn’t resist that title …. but it really should read man orchid (Orchis anthropophora, recently changed from Aceras anthropophorum on DNA evidence). The man orchid is a UK native, hardy orchid, which favours sunny conditions on free-draining, calcareous … Continue reading

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So to cheer myself up, I went on an orchid quest …

Having accidentally found a patch of bee orchids in a meadow full of ox-eye daisies the other day, I realised that now is the perfect time to be looking out for other native orchids. What better way to put aside … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday – 24/06/2015 – At ground level in the bracken forest

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An Old Chalk Pit filled with Orchids – Nature Wins

At the edge of our village lies a disused clunch (and coprolite) pit, unworked since the beginning of the 20th Century. It is a relative small affair compared to others nearby (see for instance blogger Jonathan Spain’s account of the … Continue reading

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Cambridge Botanical Garden – Early Spring

With the sun out and an hour and a half to kill in Cambridge I decided that the nicest place to head in the circumstances was the Botanical Gardens. I planned to check out the Persian Ironwood that I remembered … Continue reading

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