Winks Meadow awash with orchids! 7 May 2023

Regular readers of this blog will know that SWT Winks Meadow is one of my favourite places. In all the years I've been visiting it has never looked as good as it does at the moment. There are literally thousands of Green-winged Orchids out this year, more than I have ever seen there before. It's is also the best site I know for a variety of different colour forms and this year there are even a couple of the so-called 'chimera' plants with different colour flowers on the same plant (shown in the first 2 photos below). As well as forms ranging from the creamy-white 'alba' to the darkest of velvet purple. While taking it all in I also found several Adders Tongue

In the adjacent woodland I also spotted a 'False Oxlip' (Cowslip x Primrose hybrid), Spring Starflower, Red Horse Chestnut and a surprise naturalised Common Camassia. A Yellow Wagtail also flew over the carparking area as I arrived. Not the first time I've seen them there. 

                                                                                                                     Green-winged Orchids
                                                                                                                              Adders Tongue
                                                                                                                        Red Horse Chestnut
                                                                                                                                False Oxlip
                                                                                                                              Common Camassia

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