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More garden flowers

Yesterday, I went to Garstons near Fareham for lunch, saw this primula and just had to have it. We’ve got to find somewhere to plant it, but I though I’d take a few photos before it was planted.

Primula vialli

Primula vialli













Knoll Gardens

We decided to take advantage of the reasonable bank holiday weather today and visited Knoll Gardens (http://www.knollgardens.co.uk/). I absolutely love what Neil Lucas has achieved at Knoll, its a really peaceful haven.























Garden Flowers

This afternoon, I found this little chap hiding in amongst some flower pots, and managed to get a shot before he disappeared.

A friendly neighbourhood frog.

Later on today we visited a local garden centre and picked up a couple of new grasses for our front garden.

Here are some close up shots of […]

Hartslock Revisited

After reviewing my last set of orchid shots from Hartslock, I thought I’d return one evening when there was a bit more light about.

Here are todays crop of images.

2014-05-15 – Monkey Orchid (Orchis simia)

2014-05-15 – Monkey Orchid (Orchis simia)

2014-05-15 – Monkey Orchid (Orchis simia) – Close-up of flower


Orchids at Homefield Wood

Tonight I paid a visit to the Homefield Wood reserve in Buckinghamshire to have a look at the Military Orchids (Orchis militaris), Birdsnest Orchids (Neottia nidus-avis) and Fly Orchids (Ophrys insectifera).

There was a really good show of Military Orchids, but they need about another week before they’re fully out in flower. Regrettably I couldn’t […]

Orchids at Hartslock

As I was working in Reading today, I thought I’d take the opportunity to get an early start and head over the border to Oxfordshire to visit the the Hartslock reserve near Streatley. This reserve is what reignited my interest in orchids after I stumbled on a Lady Orchid somewhat unexpectedly.

I was slightly disappointed […]

Early Purple Orchids at Badbury Rings

Despite the fact that it was blowing a gale this morning, I was determined to get across to Badbury Rings to have a look for Early Purple Orchids. There were plenty of Common Twayblades (Neottia ovata) in flower but as they were all quite tall, it proved impossible to photograph them due to the wind. […]

Early Spider Orchids on Purbeck

Today, a friend and I visited Durlston Country Park and Dancing Ledge to hunt out the Early Spider Orchid (Ophrys sphegodes). We were due to visit last week, but the weather forecast was so dire that we gave it a miss. Most of the orchids were past their best, and there weren’t as many as […]