The most common orchids on Grangelands were the common spotted orchids. They remind me of sticks of candy floss sticking up out of the grass and are very showy and pretty. They come in a variety of shades of pink, lilac and white, with lots of different loop and swirl patterns on the lip of the flowers.
|Chalk fragrant orchids|
I walked up to the small area where the musk orchids grow and found plenty of them in flower, with more still in bud. It seemed like there were more than last year. They are very rare orchids, listed as nationally scarce, and are very hard to spot as they're so small and are green, so blend into the surrounding vegetation. They're very precious though and we're very lucky to have them growing there.
I found the first pyramidal orchids just starting to flower...
|Not a bee orchid, just a bee on an orchid!|
The skies started to look a bit ominous, so I headed for home, picking up a few feathers for Bug Mad Girl's collection on the way.
|The large feather is from a red kite and I assume the black and white feather |
is from a magpie