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.
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.
The fuzzy purple flower heads of Meadow Rue – Thalictrum aquilegifolium – rise above other plants like a hazy cloud, but on closer inspection each individual flower head is like a small firework explosion.
The purple chequerboard pattern on the Snakeshead Fritillary – Fritillaria meleagris – never fails to amaze me. Whilst its sombre shades mean that it is not necessarily the prettiest of Spring flowers it must be amongst the most striking.
Back to my favourite type of flower again, the hardy Geraniums, or Cranesbills. This dark eyed beauty with the sweeping lashes is Geranium procurrens. It flowers profusely throughout the year, but it does have the drawback of being a little too enthusiastic if you don’t watch it. It will weave and ramble through other plants rooting whenever a node touches the soil so you can eventually have a garden full of them and little else. Every autumn I go through my garden pulling out unwanted plants, but I have to keep a few!