Native British Orchids: Podcasts – Wild Flower (Half) Hour

I love to learn. This year, I have a number of goals to achieve, some of which involve our native orchids. As part of this, I have been scouring iTunes for podcasts that I can listen to, and stumbled across one that I really enjoy; Wild Flower (Half) Hour.

Common Spotted Orchids

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Native British Orchids: New book page

As well as a book section for my ‘home grown’ orchids, I have created a section on the books I have for native British orchids. The list isn’t huge at the moment; I have a field guide and a book published in the 1970’s, but there will be a new book added in the coming weeks.

If you hover over the Native British Orchids tab on my blog, you will see a drop-down menu with “books” shown underneath. Feel free to have a look!

Common Spotted Orchids

Goals for 2018

As a follow on from my previous post Merry Christmas & a happy New Year, I’ve spent a little time thinking about the things I would like to achieve in 2018 with regards to my orchids. My goals for this year are split into two groups, those relating to my own orchid collection and orchids native to the UK.

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Native British Orchids: Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981

After our last orchid hunting trip out into the countryside, I began to wonder whether orchids growing in the wild could be picked. As a child I can remember being told not to pick any flowers that were wild grown, but I wanted further clarification on this subject. Hello Google.

Common Spotted Orchids
Common Spotted Orchids found in a wildlife reserve meadow.

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Native British Orchids: Common Spotted Orchid

We’ve found another native British orchid. This one was found on the same site as the Green Winged Orchid; in an open meadow. Over a period of several weeks, we have been watching them develop and grow – slowly! Finally, they have bloomed and can now be identified as the Common Spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii).

Common Spotted Orchids
Common Spotted Orchids found in a wildlife reserve meadow.

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Native British Orchids: Green Winged Orchids – an exception, not a rule

As an update to the previous post about Green Winged Orchids, today I’d like to share some new photographs of these beautiful plants. My partner and I visited the same place we had previously, and found many more of these particular orchids, as well as a couple of bonuses…

Green Winged Orchid
Close up of Green Winged Orchid

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