Roadside Orchids

Some weeks ago I posted details of a small clump of Broad Leaved Helleborines close to the entrance to the Conquest Hospital.

A subsequent visit 10 days later found them still not in flower, but a couple of weeks ago we found some much closer to home while walking from Fairlight to Wakehams farm shop.

These are growing on the south side of the road, opposite the farm shop between the bench and the start of Fairlight-tall, obvious plants which have escaped verge mowing because they are behind the tarmac path. Today we took these photos and counted 31 spikes.

These are the commonest helleborine and one of our commoner orchids, but still not something one comes across very often. I wonder how many others are lurking in our verges ?




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