01 June 2012

Wild orchids in May

Here in Scotland we think of the main orchid season as starting in mid-June, but after the recent hot weather I wondered which species I could find already in flower in May.

No surprise that the first was the Early Purple Orchid (Orchis mascula), near Aberfoyle on 22nd May.

More of a surprise, on the same day, was a number of Lesser Twayblades (Neottia cordata) on the Menteith Hills.

On 25th May we found some Northern Marsh Orchids (Dactylorhiza purpurella) coming into flower near Fintry.

By 26th May, large numbers of Heath Spotted Orchids (Dactylorhiza maculata) were in flower on the lower slopes of Ben Lomond.

Just in time, this Common Twayblade (Neottia ovata) at Dumbrock near Milngavie managed to open one floret on 28th May.


Anonymous said...

Hi There, I wondered if it would be okay to send u a pic of a wild orchid we rescued from a building site in Glasgow - we have it in a small pot but as a gardening novice i'm unsure how to best take care of it - could u advise? cheers - Jen

Fred and Sarah said...

Yes, please do. You can find our contact details on our website at www.fredandsarah.plus.com

Anonymous said...

Sarah, lovely pictures of the orchids! I have not forgotten about you. Just seems like it's from one thing to another. Will sit down soon and send an email. Be well. Linda G. Ohio

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