Last month, Jac and I spent a fairly pleasant day at Gardeners World Show at the NEC in Birmingham, looking at various garden stuff and plants. A couple of the plant stands were selling seed grown native British orchids. Well regular readers will know that I enjoy photographing orchids so it didn't take too much temptation to get a delightful little Dactylorhiza species to bring home and plant. It was sold to me as a Southern Marsh orchid, but I had my suspicions.
Well anyway after a few weeks we had this beautiful little Common Spotted Orchid Dactylorhiza fuchsii come into bloom in amongst the long grasses. It is just starting to go over in this picture but this is a big as it got, so no quite up to some of the wild species we have that grow locally, but just a few steps from my back door so that is OK by me.