Spring has finally sprung!

This weekend was a bit chilly but the sun helped get things moving and the rain last week seems to have freshened everything up. I counted 15 Monkey orchids in flower or close to flowering so it won’t be a great year for them but the cold & dry weather has been bad for them […]

Hybrids in flower – Lady orchids picked/eaten

Been very busy recently but last weekend I checked and the hybrids were coming into flower nicely but the 2 Lady orchids that were expected were missing. On closer inspection they had been nipped off along with a few hybrids so it looks like deer grazing but could have been caused by human.

Monkey orchids […]

Still nothing to see

Went to the site today to check progress and everything looks a month late. There is 1 Lady orchid and a handful of hybrids in tight bud, on very short stems – at least a week away to the first buds opening. No signs of any flowering Monkey orchids at all – all very short […]

New parking restrictions!

Anyone who has driven to Hartslock knows that parking has always been a problem in the lane outside the nature reserve. We receive a lot of complaints from our neighbours each year, that they can’t gain access to their fields when they need to, so this year we have (sadly) had to restrict it even […]

It’s looking like a late year …

This winter just doesn’t seem to want to end, with the north winds blowing across the slope today. It was nice when the sun came out but pretty withering with any cloud. Beyond a few flies, the only insect I could identify was a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly and I swear I could hear its proboscis […]

April 2016 update

I visited the site today and thought I’d update everyone on the orchid flowering. Basically it’s looking like a fairly late year (certainly not early) so I wouldn’t expect any of the orchid species to flower before the first week of May with the usual sequence of Lady, hybrid, Monkey. All species should be […]

Status update

Went up to the site yesterday and it all looks lovely – the views from the top of the hill are stunning at this time of year.

The orchids have done well this year, with about 230 hybrids, 1 lady orchid and about 100 monkey orchids. Currently the Lady orchid has finished flowering and many […]

A nice start

The Lady x Monkey orchid hybrids are looking extremely good this year and have brought a splash of purple-red to the slope. I counted about 250 hybrid flower spikes today …. well, to be frank, I lost count around 200 but there are plenty to impress anyone who goes up there. We have 1 flowering […]

A bit of a one-off

Gerry & I went up to the site today to do a bit more maintenance before the season starts – a bit of scrub cutting and orchid finding. But we were surprised to see one of the hybrids in good flower! Before you race up there to get your photos I should say that ALL […]

Good display of Pasque flowers

This year the Pasque Flowers have been very good – I took these photos on the 12th April. I am writing this on the 26th but there are still a few that haven’t gone to seed if you want to get up there quickly 🙂

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