In April 2008, Her Outdoors noticed some wild orchids in écovallée. The following year, we paid more attention and photographed 10 on the land and another two across the road for good measure. Since then I’ve been too busy to record the dates they were spotted (but those I have are shown in brackets).

Early Purple Orchid (24/04/08, 18/04/09, 9/04/10, 27/03/11, 04/04/12)


Burnt Orchid (24/04/08, 18/04/09, 20/04/10, 10/04/11, 10/04/12)


Lady Orchid (18/04/09, 10/04/11)


Fly Orchid (18/04/09, 08/05/12)


White Helleborine (30/04/09, 20/04/11, 05/05/12)


Pyramid Orchid (18/05/08, 30/04/09, 26/05/10, 25/04/11, 03/05/12)


Red Helleborine (14/06/08, 31/05/09, 10/06/12)


Tongue Serapia (05/05/09)


Bee Orchid (across the road – 13/05/09; in écovallée end May 2012)


Greater Butterfly orchid (13/05/09)


Common Twayblade (16/05/09)


Lizard Orchid (across the road – 16/05/09; in écovallée – 10/06/12)

This is as close to scientific study as you get on this blog. The Early Purple’s an interesting case, having appeared earlier every year for four years. Seems to be true with some of the others, too. Then you look at the Pyramid dates and see they’re all over the place.

Orchids, eh?

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