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Monday, 24 May 2021

Camouflage

An unexpected and very pleasant hour outside this afternoon when all of a sudden the bitterly cold wind dropped and the sun came out. I put a dozen homegrown cornflower plants into the Cottage Garden lawn/wildflower meadow, and then moved on to "hunt the orchid".



Some are just showing off and terribly easy to spot.



Others are well camouflaged and take a bit more finding:



But so much easier to see once I have "grazed" the grass from around each plant.



It has been so cold this Spring that everything is late and I hope that by the time summer gets here there will be more than the two dozen plants I have found so far.






12 comments:

  1. Pity about your cool Spring, but good to see some of your wild orchids appearing in your mini meadow. We've already had 3 frosts & it's still only Autumn so will be interesting to see what the rest of the year brings. Wind is howling down our flu pipe as I write this at 8am. Take care & hugs.

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    1. Hi Susan, I guess the weather is challenging all of us at present - there was a frost warning for some rural areas last night.

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  2. I've never known a May to be so wet and cold! The outside flowers aren't doing too badly here though (the Midlands), a different story in the greenhouse. My cucumbers have all died and the tomatoes are very slow. The pigeons have eaten the young runner beans as well! I've got about 200 cosmos plants to plant out which I grew from seed, so they've done well. I don't think I've ever seen a wild orchid, but I bet they're pretty.

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    1. 200 cosmos - wow, good luck. Monty Don never mentions just how flippin' long it takes to plant things out.

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  3. What a miserable month it's been so cold and so much rain and to think it's almost flamin' June. Glad you found some orchids in your meadow and such a lovely blue sky.

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    1. Thanks eileen, it certainly has been a weird month, perhaps we will get the "nice" weather later in the year rather than not at all?

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  4. And here, we're having the opposite problem with heat/humidity and lack of rain that's more typical of high summer. I've never had to water the garden in May before and yet....*sigh*. Perhaps we could split the difference?

    But how magical to have orchids in your grass! A sure sign that things are Quite Right. xo

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    1. Hi Mel, the orchids are a constant wonder: before I become custodian of this little patch the "lawns" were mowed most weeks by non-gardening owners, year after year after year.

      But when I let the lawns grown unchecked for a couple of seasons because I was too busy elsewhere the orchids took their chance and you've seen the results. The amount of time these wonderful plants managed to survive semi-dormant amazes me every year.

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  5. My perennial cornflowers are starting to flower too. Our day started warmer than it finished up despite the fact that it started in rain and ended in sun. The weather is a disaster this Spring so far.

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    1. Hello Graham, given your location I can only imagine what it has been like gardening on your island this year, but huge well done with the cornflowers - I hope mine come up in future years as well, the seed package claims they are perennial . . .

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  6. I'm also hoping for some cornflowers this summer. It's looking promising so far but we could do with some more sunny weather. X

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    1. Fingers crossed for your cornflowers Jules, and also for some sunshine on more than a brief, occasional moment. x

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