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Orchid explosion

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SFPT enjoyed surprisingly fine weather last weekend for the orchid open days at our Orchid Glade and Simpson’s Fromus Valley reserves.  At Orchid Glade the southern marsh orchids were fine but the twayblades were the stars – flourishing and spreading and flowering without being nibbled by deer this year.  Another welcome sight was the adder’s tongue fern growing quietly and low down pushing up from its underground rhizome – an indicator of ancient pastures, according to Laurie Forsyth.

At our Fromus reserve we were gladdened to count 41 southern marsh orchids up from 26 last year, although no sign of the early purple orchid.  There are some new images from the open day in the summer gallery.  Our next open days are in August when you can see the summer meadow at its height at Fromus and the sea of yellow at Orchid glade.  Both reserves will be full of insect life with butterflies and dragonflies the stars of the show.

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