Thursday, 4 June 2020

Chaumussay Orchids in Late May


The early species like Early Spiders, Early Purples, Monkeys and Ladies have finished. Now it's the turn of Fragrants, Lizards, Helleborines, Bees and Pyramidals. The Twayblades power on through from beginning to end.

Chaumussay, just down river from Preuilly, is a known orchid hotspot, so the other day London Bruno and I went out to check on them and see how the season is developing.

Pyramidal Orchid Anacamptis pyramidalis (Fr. Orchis pyramidal), left unmowed in this orchard (as were the Lizard Orchids, which I forgot to photograph).
Pyramidal Orchid Anacamptis pyramidalis in an orchard.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Red Helleborine Cephalanthera rubra (Fr. Céphalanthère rouge).
Red Helleborine Cephalanthera rubra.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Short-spurred Fragrant Orchid Gymnadenia odoratissima (Fr. Gymnadenie odorante).
Short-spurred Fragrant Orchid Gymnadenia odoratissima.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Common Twayblade Neottia ovata (Fr. Grande Listère).
Twayblade Neottia ovata.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Bee Orchid Ophrys apifera (Fr. Ophrys abeille), taken in the garden of my friend Marc, where we called in for an aperitif of sparkling Vouvray and his homemade lemon tarts (he's a retired chef).
Bee Orchid Ophrys apifera.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Me photographing a fragrant orchid, taken by Bruno.
Photographing wild orchids.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.
Photograph courtesy of Bruno Bernard-Brault.


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2 comments:

chm said...

Beautiful orchids and beautiful photos.

Susan said...

Thank you.

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