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I was SO excited yesterday ! :o)))

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By hywel

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… because I saw an Early Purple Orchid !
(How sad is that lol)

I didn’t see any last year, and happened to mention yesterday while driving near Llandeilo, that I thought they had become rare. Then around the next bend there they were ! A clump of them in the hedge. Further along – another few, and then more again…..

I had to take photos and I took lots lol.

I like to know the botanical names, especially of wild flowers and trees.
The Early Purple Orchid is called Orchis mascula

It has spotty leaves

I saw lots of wild flowers and I’ll put photos of some different ones on the main page tomorrow.

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That must have been a lovely surprise, clever of you to know what they were.

16 May, 2010

 

Hywel, that is the very opposite of "sad" ! I remember the first time I saw an orchid like this growing in a woodland area in Fife as I was on a long country walk all by myself! The only sad thing about it was not having anyone to share it with! Thanks for sharing your moment with us!

16 May, 2010

 

~ brilliant Hywel ~ haven't seen any this year yet, but our are slightly different Marsh orchids I think?~ fingers crossed!

16 May, 2010

 

What a fantastic sight.You must have been over the moon Hywel.Not sad at all !

16 May, 2010

 

You were to be excited Hywel, such a pretty flower. Hedgerows just don't seem to have as many wild flowers these days, best I've seen recently are pink Campion.

16 May, 2010

 

i'm excited seeing your photos, these are fantastic plants. I know where we have the green twayblades in a local area I must keep my eye open for them.

16 May, 2010

 

Great photos Hywel, what's to be sad about....lol

16 May, 2010

 

I thought you might be sad because : "When the flowers are just opened the scent is usually sweet, like honey, but soon smells strongly of tom-cat's urine," Who on earth comes up with these descriptions? Who sniffs Tom-cat's urine to make the comparison?

16 May, 2010

 

lol Wagger, I couldn't stoop so low...:o)

16 May, 2010

 

Nor me - would do my back in! LOL

16 May, 2010

 

What a find for you, lovely pictures, bet it made your day!

16 May, 2010

 

I really appreciate wild flowers and looking at these pictures, thanks for sharing them, regards Waheeda

16 May, 2010

 

These are lovely Hywel. Wagger your reply gave me the giggles, it reminded me of a time we went for a chinese meal and we tried a chinese liqueur called Mow Tae and one of the group said it tasted like licking a pigs back , as I`ve never licked a pigs back I couldn`t comment, I couldn`t anyway as I was choking with laughter.

16 May, 2010

 

Hywel bet you where so pleased to see them, grear blog and photo.

16 May, 2010

 

I`m always on the lookout for wild flowers on my woodland walks with Perry. I`ll keep my eyes open for the orchid though I doubt I`ll see one locally. :o(

16 May, 2010

 

Interesting blog, Hywel. I wouldn't have known what this was if I had seen one. Thanks for enlightening me. I keep meaning to get a book on wild flowers.

16 May, 2010

 

I work with tropical orchids that have amazing flowers but I still get a thrill when I find our native orchids growing wild.I hope to find some next week when I'm on holiday. Lovely pictures Hywel.

16 May, 2010

 

Stroller, I can just picture the scene - hope you recovered enough to finish your meal, lol.

16 May, 2010

 

Lovely blog Hywel,when in Wales last week I saw lots of wild flowers but not this one, thanks for sharing your photo`s. Btw I also heard a cuckoo whilst there, first time in years and I was over the moon.....

16 May, 2010

 

Thank you for all your comments. I don't know what it smelled like.
I don't know if it grows in the north Lincslass. I live about 100 miles from Conwy.

16 May, 2010

 

Beautiful!

16 May, 2010

 

The only reason to be sad would have been if you had forgotten the camera. Another pleasant wander round your part of Wales. Thank you for sharing it with us.

16 May, 2010

 

I have them growing along the stream. When using the brush cutter I always give them a wide berth and I never, ever use weedkiller on the wild sections as each year more truly wild orchids appear.

Bumble bees, stag beetles, etc. love the unkempt areas and a couple of years ago, an old willow came down and in the rotting remains I found a hermit beetle which are rare even here.

18 May, 2010

 

Are nt they just beautiful great find Hywel is just what the bees need wild flowers.

18 May, 2010

 

Iv never seen these Orchids Hywel your so lucky to have im so jealous their Gorgeous :)

18 May, 2010

 

Thanks everyone. It was so exciting to find them :o)
Expat how wonderful you must have felt to find the hermit beatle. It must have been a great moment for you.

18 May, 2010

 

that's nice to see that, we had a lot in my local park, but they never came up last year..let's hope they keep growing. :o)

18 May, 2010

 

Shame they haven't come back. I hope they do next year.

18 May, 2010

 

How pretty they are Hywel, no wonder you were excited:-)

18 May, 2010

 

Lovely blog, as always, Hywel,am so pleased you shared with us all :~))x

19 May, 2010

 

Great photos in this blog, Hywel! I've never seen a wild Orchid in the UK but I did see some once when I lived in Spain. They were black & looked like black bumble bees! I was very impressed! Besides they were flowering in the baking sun in August I think close to the river but in soil baked hard by the sun. I was amazed as I thought they only ever grew in humid climates. I can still see them in my mind's eye as I write this!

19 May, 2010

 

I used to see some on one walk Henry and I do - but the farmer strimmed the banks - I do hope they survived, Hywel, as I totally understand how you felt!

20 May, 2010

 

I've always though wild flowers some of the prettiest, lovely photos Hywel

21 May, 2010

 

Thank you for all your comments. :o)))

21 May, 2010

 

And there they are! very exciting to see them, such a lovely colour! thx Hywel:)

23 Apr, 2011

 

yw :)

23 Apr, 2011

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