|This years buds with the dead flowers from last year in the background|
They're very unusual orchids as they have no chlorophyll, hence the pale cream coloured leaves. They form a parasitic relationship with a fungus to obtain their nutrients, and the fungus has a parasitic relationship with the surrounding trees.
|So close to flowering|
|White helleborine bud|
|Common spotted orchids with animal print leaves|
I walked through a field full of cowslips and the purple spikes of bugle. Every ant hill was topped with the dainty little blue flowers of germander speedwell. The view wasn't bad either and it made me feel lucky to live in such a great part of the country.
|The view across the Chilterns|