Category Archives: orchids
Great to have the spotted flycatchers nesting again. Almost the same place I hope the Magpies and Jays don’t read this, they have been a pest for several of our nesting birds. Having boarded up my spyhole from last year I’m repeating the photo from then.
We had absolutely no tadpoles this year – I wonder if it was because the water level was too low. There’s also competition now from a very large new pond (lake) built by a neighbour.
We also have a large number of Early Purple Orchids this year, well over 200, and visiting deer at our picnic table (almost).
The wood has a superb spread of Solomon’s Seal this year. Together with over 250 Early Purple Orchids and masses of Wild Garlic some plants must like the climate. See http://thebridgecottageway.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/food-for-free-wild-garlic.html for a good selection of wild garlic recipes, especially the pesto which we have made.
Now the weather has warmed up, there is an explosion of activity in the wood. Gone is the dependence on the bird feeder, and the Morning Chorus is magnificent at 4.00am!! I have seen the stoat again, so it must “live” nearby. The ransoms – or wild garlic has sprung up in its usual profusion and I have made lots of garlic pesto. I risked stinging myself to gather new stinging nettles to make soup. The best news is that the bluebells and orchids are out at last – about 3 weeks later that last year. It looks as if the bluebell spread might be a bit thinner that last year, but more may come through and change all that. The Early Purple Spotted Orchids are fabulous. I counted 121 blooms on the west side of the wood and 12 on the east side – more will come up that side I’m sure.
Well they haven’t been common this year, having reduced from only 10 to a measly 4 over the last couple of years. The damp and warm (are we sure!) weather is making many plants grow rapidly. The orchids have definitely been suffering, perhaps from competition, we’ll have to wait until next year to see if there is a long term decline.