Monday, 25 June 2012

It`s Heath Spotted Orchid Time Again


There are certain wild flowers that mark specific times and seasons when you live and walk in one place for year upon year. The Heath Spotted Orchid is a sign of mid summer on the sandy New Forest heathlands, where it thrives in damp, often shady habitats. This morning I searched in the numerous grassy ravines in the valley below our hill and found the one secret place, untrodden and unseen, where the orchids always grow.

On a north facing slope, amid grasses, wood sage, and bramble, they will soon be overshadowed by the bracken fronds that grow greener and taller by the day.


Toffeeapple said...

Ooh, you found treasure, aren't they gorgeous?

Down by the sea said...

What a beautiful flower, thank you so much for sharing. The only orcids I have noticed around here at the purple ones.
Sarah x

kirstallcreatures said...

What a lovely flower, beautiful. I know very little about orchids, but am enjoying the appearance of them across the UK nature blogosphere. I'm hoping that some of the various photos & accounts of these wonderful flowers will start to rub off on me too. Linda