The lost orchid

      Our farmer friend has been nurturing this Pyramid Orchid for three years in the hope that it will start a colony as the plant matures. So far the orchid just gets bigger and stronger year on year but it is still growing solo amongst the grasses at the edge of a drain.
      Apparently the orchid's preference for a habitat is a calcareous or sandy soils, they're a few miles North and East so how it got here who knows, but it is surviving and growing strongly on the lowland peat and clay in amongst the sedges, grasses and wild flowers.
      Their flowering season is June, July and August so we''ll keep hunting for more, meanwhile the lonely orchid soldiers on.