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Recently a neighbour pointed out a small plant growing in the middle of my front lawn and said did I know what it was? Closer investigation by the two of us had me none the wiser but he said he thought it might be a Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera). Apparently they wild seed easily and they like the local chalky soil.

I very carefully avoided it when cutting the grass, it would be a mistake to call it a 'lawn', and looked at it occasionally noting that it was getting bigger and then that it appeared to have flower buds.

I was away last weekend and when I got back the flower buds had started to open. Today I took some pictures, the best of which is on the right. It's called a Bee Orchid because the flowers look as if a Bee is feeding on the nectar, this attracts actual bees to pollinate the plant!

Date: 2017-05-26 11:43 am (UTC)
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Oh, that's pretty! I see why it gets the name

Date: 2017-05-27 08:09 pm (UTC)
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Beautiful.

Bee orchids are the reason I can't cut most of the grass here. Pyramid orchids and frog orchids too.

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