COMMON SPOTTED ORCHID

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This is the third orchid in the series of those I photographed at Scarborough Castle. It is a marsh orchid, the Common Spotted Orchid, Dactylorhiza Fuchsii,   though not nearly common enough in my opinion! Elegant spires of flowers rise up from the ground, and each flower looks as though it has been delicately painted by a very steady hand.

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PYRAMIDAL ORCHID (2)

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Another gorgeous Pyramid Orchid, this time the more ‘common’ (if I dare use that word in the context of these relatively rare wild flowers) purple variety. Again, it was growing in the wild flower meadow of Scarborough Castle, and I can only be grateful to the custodians of this ancient monument (English Heritage) for leaving this patch of land uncut to encourage the wild flowers to flourish.

PYRAMIDAL ORCHID

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A white Pyramid Orchid, slightly past its best but nevertheless a beautiful sight. This specimen was found in amongst the long meadow grass inside the walls of Scarborough Castle in North Yorkshire along with purple orchids, scabious and a host of other wild flowers.

ORCHID

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I love orchids, and have a few of them in my house. No longer the expensive rarities they used to be, there are modestly priced orchids available all year round to suit most budgets and are easy to care. This is a lovely strident purple and white Phalaenopsis blooming happily, and for a long period, in my dining room.