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Mike's Blog - Day 130

A “weed” for you today, but a special one. It is an Orchid named Epipactis helleborine, the Broad-leaved Helleborine.

Here is a cluster of them.

The Orchid started to appear here and there round the garden years ago, but these days it growing in many places and is fairly common. It grows in sunny spots, light shady spots, deep shade – it doesn’t seem fussy. Sometimes you find great clumps of it too in the long grass, which are easy to spot so we cut round them and leave them to flower and seed. There are quite a few near the woodland garden, these were growing near the Himalayan Honeysuckle, Leycesteria formosana, which is in flower now but better known for its berries.

When I was off yesterday, I ended up at Cow Green. I looked for the spring gentians (see Day 47 for our garden gentian) but, as I thought, it was was too late. I did come across one tiny little Primula however (sorry poor picture). Not sure which one it was but it has white powder (see Primula pulverulent Day 63) on its leaves so it might have been Primula farinosa, the bird’s-eye primrose. Nice little thing and, with the absence of sheep, it had a good chance to set seed, I think. The little white flower next to it is another parasitic plant (see hay rattle Day 74), Eye Bright, (Euphrasia officinalis maybe).

As I walked back to the car, a huge tractor came through the locked gate to the road to the dam, with a double decker trailer load of sheep. He drove way past the Primula site and was probably heading further away. The area is managed by Natural England so it’s in good hands, but my heart sank at first.

I see round the garden today a contractor has placed a number of Covid keep your distance signs here and there, so hopefully that’s one of the boxes ticked we need to have in place to open the garden.

Finally, a selection of leaves, some of which are Oak (Quercus), following on from yesterday.

Top left and going clockwise is Hydrangea quercifolia (Oak leaved Hydrangea), Quercus velutina (Black Oak), Quercus rubra (Red Oak), Quercus coccinea (Scarlet Oak), English Oak, Quercus wislizeni (yes looks more like Holly), Quercus ilex, Common Holly, Ilex sp).

Oops, nearly forgot the bamboo pics!

And there is a photo from above.