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Frog Orchids at Badbury Rings

I spent this afternoon searching for Frog Orchids at Badbury Rings. As this site is only fifteen minutes away from home, I thought it’d be a pretty poor show if I didn’t manage to find the Frog Orchids on my own patch.

It took me a while, but I did eventually find some, the first […]

More Garden Flowers

One of my Echeveria has finally flowered, and lovely flowers they are too.

Echeveria Flowers

Echeveria Flowers

Close-up of Echeveria Flower

We recently purchased a Gazania Apache from a nearby Garden Centre and I have to confess its flowers are absolutely gorgeous. They open up in full sun, and the petals close […]

New Forest Marsh Helleborines

Its been about a fortnight since I visited the Heath Fragrant/Marsh Helleborine site in New Forest, and I thought I’d drop in tonight to see how the Marsh Helleborines (Epipactis palustris) were progressing.

I was pleasantly surprised to find quite few spikes out in flower. This is the first time that I’ve actually seen this […]

Burghclere Site Revisited

After my failure to find Burnt Tip Orchids near Burghclere, I did a bit of research to get a better idea of exactly where the orchids were located and decided to revisit the site after work tonight.

I found the orchids on the south facing ramparts without too much trouble, and was pleased to find […]

Look what was lurking in amongst the tomatoes.

Tonight, I found this beautiful Elephant Hawk (Deilephila elpenor) lurking in the greenhouse.

Elephant Hawk (Deilephila elpenor)

Elephant Hawk (Deilephila elpenor)

Orchid Hunting Trip

Today has been a bit of a mammoth day, which improved after a pretty bad start. Just as I was about to leave, I found that the car had a flat tyre, so I took it to Kwik Fit, and 80 odd quid and an hour and a half later I was on my way.

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Marsh Orchids & Bog Orchids

Today I called in at a site to see whether or not I could locate some Bog Orchids before work. It took me an age to find them and didn’t leave any time for photographs, but I did manage to grab a nice shot of a Marsh Orchid. Not quite sure whether its a Southern […]

New Forest Heath Fragrant Orchids

Having been given the heads up on a location for Heath Fragrant Orchids (Gymnadenia borealis) in the New Forest, I decided that I’d chance my luck tonight to see whether or not I could find them.

Even though I had been given directions, it took me ages to find them, as I was not expecting […]

Somerset Lizard Orchids

This morning, I got up early and visited a nature reserve in Somerset to hunt for Lizard Orchids (Himantoglossum hircinum), which I have wanted to see since I was about 15, but to date have never managed to be in the right place at the right time.

This year, I finally did it with some […]

More Heath Spotted & Lesser Butterfly Orchids

I thought I’d try an old site for Early Marsh Orchid tonight, but struck out, all I could find were Heath Spotted Orchids and what looked like a hybrid between a form of Marsh Orchid and Heath Spotted.

Here are a few Heath Spotted Orchids showing the variation in flower at just one site.