Monday, 23 June 2014

Wild Orchids

Hardy orchids make great companion plants for bonsai (kusamono) and there are dozens of species native to the UK. Wild plants are protected by law to varying degrees dependant on scarcity and are best left well alone, but many species are available through specialist dealers who artificially propagate them such as Laneside Hardy Orchids. I keep a small selection of species and artificially produced hybrids at home, but always relish the chance to see them in the wild.

The photos below were all taken in a single day at one site on the North West coast of England.

Marsh Orchid

Helleborine Orchid

Marsh Orchids

Bee Orchid

Pyramidal Orchid