Wildflower Wednesday: There's an orchid in my lawn!
My wild and woolly front lawn has just got a little woollier with the surprise addition of the above beauty. I spotted a strange looking spike emerging a couple of weeks ago and hoped it was what it's turned out to be: a lovely, lovely orchid. This one's a pyramidal orchid ( Anacamptis pyrimidalis ), which according to the link likes a milder climate and chalk or limestone grasslands. It also goes on to say that it's developed a liking for the more artificial kind of environment - such as beside roads and canals - so perhaps a front lawn on a limey clay soil is just the kind of place it likes to be nowadays. I'm delighted it's chosen my front garden! I've asked NAH to refrain from mowing the lawn for a while to enable it to set seed, though he's keen to mow the 'meadow' now No Mow May has finished. Perhaps we now have the perfect compromise, leave the front lawn so there's taller herbiage there with a lower back lawn to offer the shorter grass
I'll be over the moon if I discover this product in my local garden centre VP.ReplyDelete
Anna - I found them at a garden centre by my BIL's on the outskirts of Leeds, so they are to be found up your way.ReplyDelete
The bedding planets are one thing, but I'm not too sure about the fuscias - sounds as though they think you can grow bits of chipboard to attach to the front of your house ::)ReplyDelete