Thursday, 18 July 2019

Snippets of Wealth - Thursday 18th July 2019 - Hutton Roof - variety Pallens, Epipactis Helleborine



Near to the end with the atrorubens (orchids), but will start with the helleborines over the weekend.... Most (90%) of the atrorubens are going over, but a few still in good order...

The first photo and some further down show the rare 'Pallens' variety which I was so lucky to find only yesterday.  It now brings the number up to 11 recorded on Hutton Roof, with 9 active this year. This is a little beauty.

Birds today: Buzzards (young), Chiffchaffs
Butterflies: Small Tortoiseshells, Ringlets and Meadow Browns.


Epipactis atrorubens var Pallens (click over to enlarge)
Photo: 18th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
Shows a close up of the flower 

Epipactis atrorubens (click over to enlarge)
Photo: 18th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
shows full flower with limestone fern

Epipactis atrorubens (click over to enlarge)
Photo: 18th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
shows Inflorescence with limestone fern


Epipactis atrorubens (click over to enlarge)
Photo: 18th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
shows close up of flowers. 


Epipactis helleborine near 17s populations
Photo: 18th July 2019 - Hutton Roof


Area for checking out today

Epipactis atrorubens var Pallens
Photo: 18th July 2019 - Hutton Roof


Epipactis atrorubens var Pallens
Photo: 18th July 2019 - Hutton Roof


Epipactis atrorubens var Pallens
Photo: 18th July 2019 - Hutton Roof


Epipactis atrorubens
18th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

Epipactis atrorubens
18th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

Epipactis atrorubens
18th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

Epipactis atrorubens
18th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

Epipactis helleborine
Photo: 18th July 2019
Leaf compression in helleborine

Epipactis helleborine
Photo: 18th July 2019
Leaf compression in helleborine

Epipactis atrorubens
18th July 2019 - Hutton Roof


Epipactis atrorubens
18th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

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Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Snippets of Wealth - 16th July 2019 - Hutton Roof - Dark Red Helleborine/Angular Solomons Seal



Polygonatum odoratum (Angular Solomon's Seal) Click over to enlarge
Photo: 16th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

Today I had a change and searched some of 'Uberash roughs'. On my way past the cairns near to Uberash Breast I found a new area of Angular Solomon's Seal, then later whilst checking out the roughs found another nice little section of it with some of the plants turned into green berries.

Butterflies included numerous Small Tortoiseshells, small whites, Large Skippers, Small Heaths, several Dark Green Fritillaries, Meadow Browns and Ringlets.

I am kindly told today by Robert Ashworth (Kendal) that he is still recording the Stonechat over in Dalton deforested together with one singing Common Whitethroat. 

All I have had today is a singing Chiffchaff and no recorded Willow Warbler contact calls. 

I checked out even more places for orchids and did find a few which I have shown here.
It's becoming clear that we are now on the run down with the atrorubens and I calculate perhaps 60% are now showing signs of being very dry and that they are going over quickly now, but we still have a few which look well. 

A beauty Epipactis atrorubens (Dark Red Helleborine)
Photo: 16th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
Stunning epichile

 This is the area today on Uberash Roughs, and shows the fragmented limestone


Epipactis atrorubens - Dark Red Helleborine
Photo: Hutton Roof 16th July 2019

 Epipactis atrorubens - Dark Red Helleborine
Photo: Hutton Roof 16th July 2019

Epipactis atrorubens - Dark Red Helleborine
Photo: Hutton Roof 16th July 2019

 A beauty Epipactis atrorubens (Dark Red Helleborine)
Photo: 16th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
Stunning epichile

A beauty Epipactis atrorubens (Dark Red Helleborine)
Photo: 16th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
Stunning epichile

A beauty Epipactis atrorubens (Dark Red Helleborine)
Photo: 16th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
Stunning epichile

Monday, 15 July 2019

Snippets of Wealth - Monday 15th July 2017 - Hutton Roof - Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly/ Maiden Pink/ Epipactis atrorubens etc.


Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly

There were lots of Small Tortoiseshell butterflies around as though perhaps there had been a large hatch.

I had several whilst walking up to Hutton Roof, and then more whilst on the Fell.  

Small Torts: x9 some on milk thistle, also Large Skippers, numerous Meadow Browns and Ringlets, Small White x2, Dark Green Fritillary x3, Grayling scores, Painted Lady x1

Birds: Could hear some Peregrines, also Chiffchaffs calling other than this pretty quiet...

Also today I had my first Harebell in Burton Fell and later on I noticed the Maiden Pinks had come through in Dalton.

My first Harebell of the year





Above are four photos of the rare Maiden Pink (Dianthus deltoides) which is seen each year in Dalton.



The two photos above show Meadowsweet which is growing in the Plain Quarry, Dalton picnic area



Plain Quarry picnic area, Dalton

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Wanted to check out some more Dark Red Helleborines this morning especially specimen 17d and I was not let down, here are a few of the photos I took.

Epipactis atrorubens (for now!!) - Dark Red Helleborine Click over to enlarge
Photo: 15th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

Epipactis atrorubens (for now!!)
Photo: 2017 Hutton Roof
To show comparison of closed hyperchile back in 2017 and still retained today.

This is our very special specimen 17d (PMG) which was a trio in 2017, but in 2018 the plants were predated.  This year the plant has come up well but only has a single plant.

It has a colour of its very own but much darker this year, and what makes it even more special is that the epichile and bosses are cream colour to each individual flower.  Not only that some of the flowers are still the wrong way around as you can see in the following photos, but also together with two of the flowers the hyperchile has not opened, I have checked a past photo from 2017 (which I will put under this photo) and you see within this photo that even back then in 2017 one of the flowers had this closed hyperchile problem. 

Epipactis atrorubens (for now!!) - Dark Red Helleborine Click over to enlarge
Photo: 15th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
Shows the full flowering spike

Epipactis atrorubens (for now!!) - Dark Red Helleborine Click over to enlarge
Photo: 15th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
Shows from the back of the plant with two flowers still upright.

Epipactis atrorubens (for now!!) - Dark Red Helleborine Click over to enlarge
Photo: 15th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
This shows a closer photo of the hyperchile which has not opened (there are 2)

Epipactis atrorubens (for now!!) - Dark Red Helleborine Click over to enlarge
Photo: 15th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
Showing spiralling leaves etc

Epipactis atrorubens (for now!!) - Dark Red Helleborine Click over to enlarge
Photo: 15th July 2019 - Hutton Roof


Epipactis atrorubens (for now!!) - Dark Red Helleborine Click over to enlarge
Photo: 15th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

Epipactis atrorubens (for now!!) - Dark Red Helleborine Click over to enlarge
Photo: 15th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
This shows two of the flowers with closed hyperchiles


Epipactis atrorubens (for now!!) - Dark Red Helleborine Click over to enlarge
Photo: 15th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

Epipactis atrorubens (for now!!) - Dark Red Helleborine Click over to enlarge
Photo: 15th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
Shows full plant

Epipactis atrorubens ? Dark Red Helleborine
Photo: 15th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
The beautiful little light green stalked one as you enter the fell


Epipactis atrorubens var 'bicolor'called Escarp 13
Photo: Hutton Roof on 15th July 2019
suffered early dieback last year on account of heatwave weather

Epipactis atrorubens var 'bicolor' called Escarp 13
Photo: Hutton Roof on 15th July 2019
suffered early dieback last year on account of heatwave weather
Shows the bottom flowers (bicolor)


Epipactis atrorubens var 'bicolor' called Escarp 13
Photo: Hutton Roof on 15th July 2019
suffered early dieback last year on account of heatwave weather
Shows the bottom stem and leaf structure

Epipactis atrorubens var 'bicolor' called Escarp 13
Photo: Hutton Roof on 15th July 2019
suffered early dieback last year on account of heatwave weather
Shows a closeup of the flowers


Epipactis helleborine (Broad Leaved Helleborine)
Photo: 15th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
This year the flower developed into a 'bicolor' but of course within Helleborine

Epipactis helleborine - our first flower today


Epipactis atrorubens - Dark Red Helleborine
Photo: 15th July 2019 - Hutton Roof.
This beautiful purple colour is now coming through on several specimens


Epipactis atrorubens - Dark Red Helleborine
Photo: 15th July 2019 - Hutton Roof.
This beautiful purple colour is now coming through on several specimens

Specimen 74 Epipactis atrorubens var 'bicolor' - Dark Red Helleborine
Photo: 15th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
Premature dieback last year because of heatwave, come through
this year has a pair but both much stunted


Epipactis helleborine - showing spiral leafing

var: Pallens - Rich M
Photo: 15th July 2019 - Hutton Roof