May is the peak season for orchids around Preuilly, and several species are very easy to spot on the roadside as you are driving along.
We took this photo last Friday on the way to the supermarket. Three species of orchids are in profusion on the roadside here at the moment – Early Purple, Greater Butterfly and Monkey.
Nearby, in Boussay, the Monkey orchids are flowering and the big Lizard Orchid bud spikes are clearly visible. In the sheep fold near Jean Dufy's house, La Boissière, ewes and lambs share the wooded areas with Lady Orchids.
This slug was using a Monkey Orchid as a bridge to cross to some presumably tastier plants.
Tuesday, 19 May 2009