Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Late May Flowering Orchids in the Orchard


I've had a lot of comments and queries from the public this year about Pyramidal Orchids. They must be having a good year and producing lots of flowers in shocking pink spikes that people notice. Then they get curious about what they are. In other years it has been the Lizard Orchids that people ask me about. They notice them flowering in their lawn and wonder what they are.

Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.
 A rather pale Pyramidal Orchid. 
Normally they are bright pink, but every now and then a pale one will turn up.

Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.
 A typically coloured Pyramidal Orchid, swarming with Iris Weevils.

Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.
 A little group of Pyramidal Orchids.

Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.
 Lizard Orchid.

Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.
Bee Orchid.

Further reading, on Loire Valley Nature:

Pyramidal Orchid Anacamptis pyramidalis (Fr. Orchis pyramidal)

Lizard Orchid Himantoglossum hircinum (Fr. Orchis bouc)

Bee Orchid Ophrys apifera (Fr. Ophrys abeille)



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2 comments:

  1. Interestingly we have not noticed very many Orchids here. We have seen very few Pyramidals. The bee and ladies slipper orchids have disappeared altogether. Very disappointing.

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    1. A lot of bees and spiders went dormant here without flowering because of the dry.

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