Category Archives: Wild flowers up close

Dec
09

Wild Orchids

  At this time of year many people are thinking about planting my wild flower bulbs for the early spring however I thought it is worth mentioning that our wild Orchids are not dissimilar in their development, forming an underground tuber or rhizome first, before putting up a flower spike. My selection of wild Orchid seed can be sown at … Continue reading

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May
20

Lesser Celandine seed

Lesser Celandine is a useful plant for shaded areas to provide colour during spring where little else will grow. It spreads effectively and can produce carpets of yellow flowers under trees, on shaded hedge-banks and in woodland. The seeds develop into little tubers, storing extra food for the plants growth within shaded areas where light is limited. If you wish … Continue reading

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May
19

Wood Anemone seed

Wood Anemone is one of the most beautiful of our native wild flowers of woodland and hedge-bank. During early spring it can carpet a woodland in white. Each flower is a gorgeous clean white. It is a tricky seed to collect as the window of opportunity is very narrow as it drops its seed very soon after its flower petals … Continue reading

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May
18

What is flowering now…can be rather special!

With this cold spring most seed germination is slow and delayed and established wild plants are flowering later than normal but nevertheless there is plenty to see in the woodlands and hedgerows and also some special things flowering in open fields and downland.  I took a few photos yesterday of some of my favourite and rather secretive plants flowering at this time of year:                  You can … Continue reading

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Sep
09

A close look at Orchid seed

Today I have been cleaning and checking my Fragrant Orchid seed which I gathered from the Sussex Downs (with the landowners permission). I have always wanted to show people what orchid seed looks like, but being so small one needs a microscope. At some of my shows I take a microscope for showing people lots of different seeds. However on … Continue reading

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Jun
13

Wild Orchids and Helleborines of the woodland

This is the time of year when I check on the growth of my Twayblade and Bird’s-nest Orchids and Violet Helleborines. They co-exist within the same patch of woodland where I have been monitoring and nurturing their spread over the years. They are all enchanting, the Violet Helleborine, seems somewhat reserved about its beauty keeping itself to the shaded rather bare areas where … Continue reading

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