Monday, 10 April 2017

Early Purple Orchids

There are several dozen plants on the hillside behind their house.

Our friends Rosemary and Jean Michel have a lovely little colony of Early Purple Orchids (Fr. Orchis mâle) in their garden in Blois. They have at least three other species in the garden, but the Early Purps are the first to flower. These were photographed twelve months ago, but these pretty orchids are out in flower again at their place now.

You can see the spotted leaves that are diagnostic for this species 
(although not all of the plants in a colony will show spots).


  1. Expecting photos from your orchard any day now.

    1. Still a couple of weeks away I think.

  2. I can still remember how surprised I was when our previous owner said there were orchids in the garden. I didn't realize at the time that they were the real thing!