This year we have two bee orchids flowering at the top of our gravel drive! Beautiful and almost exotic… Last year’s plant is robust and healthy – two spikes with at least seven flowers on each – whilst the newcomer (50cms away) is busy establishing itself with smaller stems and fewer blooms. The first flowers look stunning and it will now take a few days for the remaining buds to open. Both are carefully protected by a surround of bricks!
Where did they come from? Possibly via the Primary School meadow where they have been seen in the past, though they can sometimes appear many miles from the nearest colony. If you pass the Ettington roundabout look out for them on the roadsides… unless the County have once again messed things up and mowed them out!