The Bees set Seed

It’s time for an update on the bee orchid situation.  It being that we have some 150 flowering plants this year.  I’m glad to see that my two bouts of moving plants in order to group them more compactly (but not to overcrowd them either) have worked.  Come this autumn I should try and move some more of the solitary spikes which make a mowing regime tricky.  Also Anne and Rosemary want to try them in their gardens.

Fortunately Nick enjoys these wild treasures just as much as I do so is prepared to wind his way round the lawn creating mown areas and paths to skirt the orchids which are now growing up through grass and other herbs.  I have carried out two clipping sessions around the plants using scissors.  Once the flowers start opening I leave well alone.  It is interesting to see that as June plays itself out the flower spikes keep gaining height.  Probably, the copious amounts of rain have prompted this, along with the luxuriant growth of the associated grasses and clover.

Early in July I take another round of photos as the seed pods begin to form from the lowest flowers on the spikes.

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