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  1. muba

    2017 UK orchids

    Orchid Journal Hi. I have just updated my Orchid Journal for 2017; probably the last for the year, though I do have one possibility for a site visit next week. I have added a feature to make it more useful too. This autumn when the days are wet and the nights are long I intend to revamp the...
  2. muba

    2017 UK orchids

    I sort of concur with Jeff on those Minera BLH. Here's apicture which shows that, while they are associated with bushes below the quarry face, they are growing openon all sides. I have seen these growing there since the mid 80s but the fence and falling rocks notices have meant I have been a...
  3. muba

    2017 UK orchids

    New site for BLH I was rather pleased on a return to a new BLH site to find them much more numerous and extensive than on our first visit. The clump shown below contained many more spikes than we saw at Warburg last week in total. Many of the spikes were above waist height.
  4. muba

    2017 UK orchids

    Strange BLH Has anybody seen this before? Its a BLH in bud but the buds are large, swaolen and globular. I tried to examine one, but could not make much out apart from the lip. Will they eventually open, and will the flowers be normal?
  5. muba

    2017 UK orchids

    Thanks for the offer Toby, but back home in N. Wales now. Another year perhaps. Steve
  6. muba

    2017 UK orchids

    I was disappointed by Warburg last week. One NLH had flowered and gone over, and a few BLH around. The centre was open, but no-one on hand. There was a reserve map with orchid locations on the desk though.
  7. muba

    2017 UK orchids

    I hope to be in the Berks, Bucks and S. Oxon area in two weeks. Can anyone give me some pointers for VH rosea there please. If anybody has some must see info they wish to share that would be mmuch appreciated. Thanks Steve
  8. muba

    2017 UK orchids

    These must have been present at Marford for more than a couple of years. But I saw a lot of young plants coming on there too.
  9. muba

    2017 UK orchids

    Fragrants Hi Can someone have a look at these and confirm that they are Marsh Fragrants. The flowers seem to match that on all counts, but this population looks quite different to four other local MFO thanks Steve
  10. muba

    2017 UK orchids

    I feel a connection here, living in Wrexham and having a childhood in Knowle. The Wrexham site was known to have helleborines but I believe they were put as Broad-leaved. This was deciduous woodland not pine plantations next to coastal dunes. There is a second Wrexham site some two miles away...
  11. muba

    2017 UK orchids

    Idiots and yobs We went to Neumann's Flash, part of the Anderton Country Park at Northwich today. There are some nice mature Marsh Fragrant Orchids there, but unfortunately somr idiot thinks we should be deprived of them. He/she/they had walked through the birch scrub breaking off as many...
  12. muba

    2017 UK orchids

    Gfh There are some decent populations of GFH near me, but in recent years they have had slug damage to a significant number of plants. Only a third or less succeed into flowering. But the dry spring seems to have reduced the numbers of slugs and this year most plants have good flower spikes...
  13. muba

    2017 UK orchids

    Can anyone pm me with pointers as to where to look for DRH (and others) at Hutton Roof please? Looks worthy of a visit but a long round trip for me, and quite an area to cover. I would not like to go there and come back empty handed thanks, Steve
  14. muba

    2017 UK orchids

    Lip colour and pattern of CSOs also seems to be throwing up some slightly unusual plants. I jumped (not literally) on these three as potential hybrids while looking at a patch with many CSO MFO and PO all in flower.
  15. muba

    2017 UK orchids

    Facebook and especially Twitter are very much what's in the news now. A week old post is unlikely to be revisited. This forum is much more suited for serios discussion.
  16. muba

    2017 UK orchids

    Dark Red Helleborines are usually Morello cherry flavoured, so it was nice to find this rhubarb and custard variation on Great Orme. Shame that last week's heatwave spoiled it a bit.
  17. muba

    2017 UK orchids

    DRH update for Great Orme. Very few growing down below; best were growing on cliff face 6m or more above solid ground. On top of the cliffs it seemed a poor year until we found a couple of patches with upwards of 50 plants. Most were young plants without a flower spike but there were some in...
  18. muba

    2017 UK orchids

    Gbo At a well known site on the Shropshire Powys border we took a different route to previous visits and came across a mass of some 30 GBOs. Eleswhere they were still in flower, but these had all gone over. But I know where to go next year!
  19. muba

    2017 UK orchids

    Cors Bodeilio - take wellies Steve
  20. muba

    2017 UK orchids

    One for the specialists here. At a local site in N. Wales there are CSO and NMO growing fairly close to each other, but mainly in their own discrete spots. There are hybrids, but these mingle with the NMO populations. Does this suggest the CSOs are the pollen parent? Steve
  21. muba

    2017 UK orchids

    Last year I posted a photo, suggesting that it was possibly Dactylorhiza purpurella cambrensis. I was in an opinion of one. The same plant had been seen in better condition the year before and considered D. x venusta. Today, in an old limestone quarry in N.E.Wales, I saw up to 100 similar...
  22. muba

    2017 UK orchids

    I am a bit puzzled about the flowering time of some orchids in the North West. Elsewhere all seem to be floweing early, but here it is a mixrd picture. Bee orchids are barely in flower while Southern Marsh are going over. At Ainsdale the Northern Marsh are in full flower, while Early Marsh are...
  23. muba

    2017 UK orchids

    Hi Has anyone any news on the chances of seeing a Red Helleborine in flower this year? Cheers, Steve
  24. muba

    2017 UK orchids

    There were a few Twayblades here over past years, but not a feature of the site. Is a 'forest' of them a good thing? Will they drown out other species?
  25. muba

    2017 UK orchids

    Any news of Bee Orchids flowering in southern counties yet? Steve
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