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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4 thoughts on “The Bees set Seed

  1. It’s been a funny old year in the garden. Lots of sun in March, and then really cold wet weather in April/May/June. As a consequence it’s not going to be a great apple harvest this year. Too many of our trees were in full bloom in April, but the cold wet weather meant not many bees. Our few orchids didn’t appear or we missed them. We did have the odd views of butterfly orchids when we were in France last month, but usually we see lots of orchids on our forays to France in May and June. So nice to see that your orchids were happy this year.

    • It will be interesting to see if this year’s plants come back again next year, also how many, or not, new plants we might get if any seed sets! I can’t find any definitive information about propagation in literature or on the ‘net.

    • I didn’t see many bees around the orchids. But then it was often raining when I looked at them. Also we have a huge Echium pininana which is something of a ‘honeypot’ for the bees!

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