Friday 15th July 2011.
Over the past few days the weather as been dry and often sunny and our wild orchid season has just peaked, from now on the orchids will be setting seed and the magic of finding these fascinating flowers in expected and unexpected locations will soon be over for another year.
Firstly a quick look around my wild life garden and the local fields near to our house.
All the orchids around my pond are common spotted orchids
We returned to the Upper valley of Ribblesdale to some of the high limestone pastures and to our surprise the grassland between the Clints & Grikes was dotted with the tiny Frog Orchid we gave over counting after the first 100 spikes.
Moving on again to the pastures and old quarries around Ribblehead
And now our unexpected find of the day ... a Pyramidal Orchid in my view way off the beaten track up at Ribblehead, I have only found it growing on the coast up here in Northern England.
In our never ending search for the Dark Red Helleborine our final location of the day... the Clints & Grikes
around Ingleborough we've failed to find it again this year but we were rewarded with some fine Fragrant Orchids.
And finally,,,, another small colony of Frog Orchids growing beside the path up to Ingleborough this is another new location for us.
check, check.... -
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