On this walk from the Mid Sussex Ramblers' programme, lead by me, six of us found NINE separate orchid species on this day in the rain.
First off were Twayblades and Early purple-orchids, both of which were going over. It helps to have posted their pictures on this blog in the preceding weeks. Enter a name in the search box and you can see them in full flower.
The walk over the top was wet and cold but the group elected to carry on and not shorten the walk at the first logical escape route. A great decision as we will see.
The rain was unrelenting and I shortened the walk to escape the rain and to spot a ninth orchid.
Our goal was eight species. We found NINE.
My thanks to the six Ramblers who braved the weather on this day and especially to Gloria, who would not (yet) describe herself as a Botanist, yet who consistently finds rare plants that I miss.
Sunday, 12 June 2011
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