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Looking back to Summer

Saturday, January 20th 2018

The photos of Foxglove in the snow have been enjoyable, as it turns Foxglove into a magical world.  Unfortunatetly my love of snow has decreased over the years, so I thought about summer and looked back to June to see what was about.

Orchids continue to surprise us and appear where they have not been seen before.  A Northern Marsh Orchid was in bloom by the Bogbean pond.  Unusual, as most of this species grows on the heath. Will it flower again this year, on its own or with others?  Something to look out for.

Northern Marsh Orchid

Others bloom where we expect them to.  This probable hybrid between Northern Marsh Orchid and Common Spotted Orchid was out on the wetland.

Hybrid orchid

Ragged Robin can be seen throughout the Scrapes.  It is a favourite flower of some people. Others are not impressed with its ragged appearance, especially after rain.

Ragged Robin

White seed heads of Cotton Grass, a sedge not a grass, can be seen gently moving in the breeze, releasing the seeds.

Cotton Grass

All that can be seen of this sedge now are the old stems and their reflections.

Cotton Grass in winter

Greater Spearwort usually flowers through to late November but not last year.

Greater Spearwort

Zigzag Clover is one of my favourite flowers.  Its bright pink heads are attractive to bees.

Zigzag Clover


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