Saturday, 22 June 2019

An Interlude of Orchids Amongst Other Things...

Bee orchid... and guest
 Orchids!  Yes, it's that time of year when the hardy British orchids around here are in bloom, so what better time for an orchid-related interlude?
 The following photos are from Thursday and this morning, with Thursday's mainly featuring wildlife, and today's featuring the aforementioned orchids, some unusual suspects, and an update from the End-of-the-Line.

Thursday 20th:

A little overcast but...

... the cormorants didn't seem to mind.

Meadow Brown

Putford Ajax

Bee orchids (last seen here)

Saturday 22nd:

Bee orchid (from Thursday), and common spotted orchids (last seen here)

Wild flowers on the cliff, including common spotted orchids

Mostly orchids

Painted Lady on red clover

Sea/Horned poppy

I don't now know what this carpet of green is: Sea Sandwort (Honckenya peploides)

Sandwich terns

Carrion crows

Cliff fall...

... and mud slide at...

... the End-of-the-Line

More on the demise of the end of the End-of-the-Line can be found here, and here.


Vos Guardian


  1. Phew, the cormorants are still happy, this is the main thing.
    Is the green budding stuff on the beach connected to aliens?
    AND, isn't the bee orchid supposed to be rare or something?

    1. Yes, the cormorants seem none the worse for wear after being kidnapped by Mistress Maddie. Oh, and the destruction of the End-of-the-Line, of course...

      I expect the green budding stuff is some sort of first wave colonisation effort, or terraforming project by non-benevolent aliens. I'll keep an eye on it and, if things seem to be getting out of control, I'll call Beaky in.

      I looked up the bee orchid, and apparently, it's common enough not ot be on the endangered list. Although it does seem to be in decline, and can take up to eight years to produce flowers!

  2. Lord only knows what the green carpet is. I looked on the interwebs and I can't find anything like it.

    As for orchids - I went to put the bins out earlier this week, and looked down - between two wheelie bins out the front, growing out of a crack between concrete and edging tiles was a common spotted orchid. In Wood Green! unheard of... Jx

    1. I had a search and came up with nothing, too. Ms Scarlet might have point about the aliens...

      Blimey! Wild orchids in Wood Green? Whatever next - Richard Madden banging your down down??

    2. Richard Madden banging anything of mine would be very acceptable. Jx

    3. Disappointingly, I've just discovered that the green carpet is Sea Sandwort (Honckenya peploides), and not an alien invasion.
      I blame the worry of said invasion for the double down in my last comment (the first down should have been door - probably back door). Now I must go for a lie down or two at the thought of Richard Madden "doubling down"...

    4. Edible, apparently. The plant, not just Mr Madden. Jx

    5. I've just got back from the beach where I tried some. The plant, not Mr Madden, unfortunately. I'm sure he would taste much better!

  3. I can't help on the greenery on didn't sound quite right! I don't know what it is.
    But the orchids are lovely! Oh! And you don't know - my native Swamp orchid has two flower stems growing a-pace!And I have a Brugmansia out! (It's Ok- Muriel's asleep)

    1. I have an image in my head now... But, thank you, anyway! Fortunately, we've solved the greenery issue. We just need to solve the lack of Richard Madden issue.

      Oh, to have such plants thriving during mid-winter. Actually, it'd be nice to have them thrive in a British Summer...

  4. Well, the end of the line just keeps giving, doesn't it! I would naively have expected the fallen stuff to have washed away by now...

    1. We need a good storm during a high tide to sort it all out quickly. At the rate it's going (and replenishing itself!), the End-of-the-Line won't be passable at mid-high tide until Winter!


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