Tag Archives: Orchids

Six on Saturday – Freckles, blushes and other floral markings

25/01/20 It feels like the kind of day that could do with a bit of energy injected into it by joining Jonathon’s Six on Saturday. There are rules of course, but they’re a breeze and it’s great fun to browse … Continue reading

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“A thousand dead elephants rotting in the sun” … and other scents

Wanting a bit of an outing this morning, but tired of muddy trails and the inevitable cleanup operation, we decided instead to visit the Winter Garden at our local botanical garden (@CUBotanicGarden). I was pretty certain I’d seen a recent … Continue reading

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Six on Saturday – Promise

19/01/2019 It’s been a funny old week, with nothing playing out as normal. Of course it has turned distinctly chilly. So I’ve had to fleece the plants in the cold greenhouse twice so far and brought in one pot of … Continue reading

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#30DaysWild – Challenge Accepted!

It seems that I’ve not written much on the blog for a while, mainly because it is a tremendously busy time of year in the garden. Any spare moments were filled with sowing/planting and are now, necessarily, filled with watering … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday – Orchids

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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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