|Stunning bee orchids last summer, |
some with up to 13 flowers on a single stalk
|A double header|
The pyramidal orchids seemed to be doing slightly better, but there were still far less than last year.
It was the same story for the broomrape. It was still growing there, but there was much less of it than last year. It's unusual because it's one of a few plants that has no chlorophyll and is parasitic on the clover that grows all around it.
It was still a wonderful site, full of butterflies and orchids, but it was such a shame that it had been mown too early. We left feeling a bit downhearted.
|The station occasionally appears in Midsummer Murders|
The bee orchids looked strong and healthy and were a real treat after the earlier disappointment.
There was also broomrape and pyramidal orchids, including some very unusual white pyramidal orchids.
|Broomrape and a pyramidal orchid|
|White pyramidal orchid|