Mon. 7th June 2010.
Yesterday was a humid day with periods of rain but we still set off into the Higher pennines around Ribblehead in upper Ribblesdale. Above 1000 ft spring still lingers on and the Bluebells and Marsh Marrigolds were still putting on a good show. Amongst the Blue bells we found the Mossy Saxifrage an alphine of high grassland. Audrey discovered the tiny Frog Orchid amongst the Twayblade Orchids and there was still a good showing of Early Purple Orchids and the tiny Birds-eye Primrose.
Pen-y-Ghent aross the valley
Early Purple Orchid
This was Audrey's best find of the day the Frog Orchid , it's very difficult to see because of its low height about 3-4 inches and its ability to blend into the surrounding foliage
The Frog Orchid is to the left of Audrey's shoe
Frog Orchid, because of the damp conditions the flowers and stem
tend to be green. In a drier location they take on a more reddish brown appearance
Twayblade Orchid the flower spikes are just beginning to open
Twayblades amongst the Marsh Marrigolds
Its June but the Marsh Marrigolds are in full flower at these higher altitudes
Bird-eye primrose in one of the small hidden valleys
Sat. 5th June 2010.
The second half of this week has been warm and fairly sunny and the countryside is quickly changing into early summer. Somethings have fared well whilst others are struggling, I'm refering to this years Bee Orchids which are going to have a poor season on a couple of sites that I've visited.The sites are too dry with the lack of rain and it looks like they've all suffered from frost damage and on one site the orchids are growing on a hillside which is on a geoligists trail and where the rock samples are being extracted the orchids are being trampled on.
Better news from my own little garden , it's now taken on its early summer look around the stream and pond with all the late spring flowers at their best. In my old alpine trough the first of about 80 wild orchids has just opened, the seeds have just blown in over the years and germinated and established themselves. In the next few weeks many more orchids will start flowering around the garden and I hope I can beat last years total of 184 orchid spikes.
Under the shadow of Pendle Hill
The small stunted Bee Orchid
Stunted and frost damaged
Back home the Scree garden's bursting into colour
The first wild orchid has opened in my alpine trough
Early summer look around the pond
Red Campion by the stream
One of my favourites... Ragged Robin
The minnows have ascended the stream
into the top pond and are ready for spawning
Tuesday 1st June 2010
Last Sunday was a cool blustery day with the odd passing shower and only fleeting glimpses of the sun.Having spent the last 12 months filming the Garden on the Moor the last sequence was filmed in April at daffodil time, so from the experience of last years seasons and allowing for the colder winter I though it was about right to visit the garden when the Spring colours were at their best.This was a shortish walk of about about 5 miles over the Pennine moors into Noah Dale where the Garden sits on a north facing slope 1000 ft above sea level, this time we were with four of our friends who make sure they visit the garden once a year.The garden this year still looks blooming and colourful but has lost a little of its sparkle because of the ravages of the winter and also some of the plants and shrubs have had some late frost damage.Anybody on their first visit to the garden it will look superb but it just lacks that brilliance of previous years.
The Moors above Noah Dale
The Moorland Cotton Grass
Above Hebden Dale
The garden is well known for its Himalayan Blue Poppies
To all gardeners out there... visit this garden
and I guarantee you won't be disappointed
My name is David Crossley I am married with two grown up children and five grandchildren. I am a retired Engineering Instructor, retired in 1999. I have many interests - I am a member of Burnley Film Makers, an amateur film maker and photographer, a walker,all aspects of the great outdoors, wildlife gardening, wild life ponds and wild orchids. The highlight of my walking was probably trekking through the Himalayas in Nepal.
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