Saturday 22nd July 2017 - Hutton Roof 1500hrs to 1700hrs
|This boulder in front of you just is something special!! read on (Click over to enlarge)|
The only birds I had calling to day were several young "Green Woodpeckers" they seemed to be everywhere and so noisy! some from that side of the fell and some from this side of the fell, other than that is was superquiet!
Butterflies included: Wow did not expect Small Heath they have been out now for ages, some Meadow Browns and the beautiful Dark Green Fritillary.
Had lots of horrible nasty flies forever attacking! I tried having a "swipe swipe" but reactions seem to be just a little slow these days. I need to brush up on my reflex skills..
It was nice to see the ovaries bulging! on most of the spent atroruben orchids which confirms that good propagation should take place this year. Another week or two and that should start to "set the seed" as they say.
What I really wanted to do today was to check out our rare Variagated Helleborine orchid which has recently started to flower.
|Full length plant photo on Sat 22nd July 2017 (Click over to enlarge)|
|Mid section of Vari 1 on 22nd July 2017 (Click over to enlarge)|
|Close up of Variagated 1 on 22nd July 2017|
This is a fabulous but strange plant and although at present I have to keep a open mind it may well turn out to be a "mix" at the end of the day, let me explain. I am curious why it should have "atrorubens" denticulation patterns on the edges of its leaves (although that was last years results it has not yet been checked out this year).
Also I can't be 100% at this stage but maybe the plant is losing its variagation, here is last years photo which does show more variagation especially around the ovaries etc:
|2016 photo of the same plant (Click over to enlarge)|
|A beautiful Helleborine today 22nd July 2017|
Above is a lovely helliborine starting to come through today.
But its also been a nightmare on HR today, we must have lost at least 20 helliborines in the past 48 hours - a few with Brown Hare but at one particular spot today the deer had took 10 of our beauties some of them over 3ft high (see next photo). A disaster for us now from 100 on this particular pavement is already down to about 40 surviving plants (as I write).
|Showing 3 of our best helleborines fallen prey to deer|
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|Escarp Juniper "atrorubens" (Click over to enlarge)|
|Escarp Juniper "atrorubens" close up|
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