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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WHITE MUSK MALLOW

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A delicate-looking native wildflower and similar to the Marsh Mallow, this Musk Mallow – Malva moschata – is pure white rather than the more common pale pink. It was growing around the ruins of Helmsley Castle in North Yorkshire.