Thursday, 23 June 2016

On my local patch

23rd June 2016
          Just had a short walk this afternoon around my local patch  and found these two beautiful orchids .people were hurrying by without so much of a glance.

Southern Marsh Orchid .....our area is about its northern limit.

Monday, 20 June 2016

A haven for the insects

20th June 2016

I haven't posted much lately but at this time of year my modest back garden reaches its peak. The profusion of wild and garden flowers paints a random tapestry that is not easy to create and look natural.
       Every year about 100 wild orchids which have naturalised in the garden start to flower at this time of the year and I've noticed that there are more Marsh Orchids or Hybrids. I think they are the result of cross pollinating with the more Common Spotted Orchids I can tell them apart because of their more vigorous growth and size.

        A tapestry of wild and garden flowers which attracted the bees

 A more vigorous orchid with the same colouring as the Common Spotted Orchid but the flower lips resemble a Marsh Orchid
    What's unusual about this orchid, its tuber is constantly under the surface of the pond.

               Four more Marsh Orchids that have appeared this year.

                                      A large vigorous Hybrid

              This Hybrid is growing happily in the stone alpine trough

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Outside my Window

14th May 2016
                       As a lover of the great outdoors and a passion for all the wonderful diversity of nature I came up with the idea of recording on video a year in my modest back garden as it transforms through the seasons. Very little was planned and I could only record the events of 2015 which was a little disappointing compared with the comings and goings of animals and birds in previous years. The sequences were shot between holidays in our motorhome so there are gaps in in the natural progression through the seasons, but never the less it was a relatively easy video to make because all the sequences took place literally "outside my window".

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

The New Wildlfe Pond

All our interests have a connection in various ways to the environment, the countryside and the wildlife, so it's not surprising that many of our friends also have very similar interests. Last year we were asked by two of our friends if we could help them install a wildlife pond in their already well established wildlife garden. This film is a record of the preparation and development of what we hope will be another wildlife attraction to their garden.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Weather Watching

Just a short post to show everybody that I'm still around , perhaps not posting about wild orchids because it seems to be a yearly repeat. My latest interest is being a local weather forecaster for the BBC Television Weather Service. If you have time to watch my short film all will be revealed.

Friday, 17 July 2015

The Southern Marsh Orchid is moving North

17th July 2015
               A couple of days ago I made a short film on the advancement of this beautiful orchid,which has colonised our area over the last few years. I made the film in a hurry and grammatically it is incorrect with a few errors in my deliverance to the camera, but because we were visiting two of our friends Frank & Janice (Janice is a keen wild orchid enthusiast) up in the Yorkshire Dales early yesterday it lacks a bit of polish but I'm sure that the main message that this orchid has advanced north shows in the film.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

The Bee Orchids cling on

Saturday 27th June 2015
     A quick look around the grass verges on the local industrial estate in Burnley gave me some encouragement that as long as they don't mow the grass within an inch of it's life the wild orchids can cling on. I wonder how many of the hundreds of workers that pass this way every week notice these little gems down at ground level or are they too busy texting on their mobile phones welded to their hands.

The grass bankings on the approach to this well know aerospace factory where more than three species of orchid survive.

              Another site outside the council vehicle repair workshop

Amongst the hustle & bustle of  of the industrial estate these little beauties survive