At the moment there are 5 species of orchid that I know for sure are flowering in the Touraine, including the first Early Spider Orchids in our orchard, which came out yesterday.
The most common orchid you will see in April is a strong magenta colour, easily spotted on the side of the road as you drive by. You may also encounter them in damp areas of open grassland. What you and most of the locals don't realise is that there are actually two species of magenta orchid that flower at this time. Unless you look closely you can't tell them apart.
The ones on the roadside are usually Early Purple Orchids Orchis mascula or Orchis mâle in French. Usually they have leaves with big purply brown spots on them.
like here near Ken and Walt's, where they are abundant.