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Flowers Galore

Sunday, June 28th 2015

As the weather has finally warmed up, so the flowers are blooming across the reserve.  Yorkshire Fog is colouring some areas pink.

Yorkshire Fog

Cotton grass which is actually a sedge, is showing its white fluffy heads in a pond in the Scrapes, along with Greater Spearwort.

Cotton Grass

Local names and those told to us by our parents often cause a little confusion.  Dithery Docks is a  northern, possibly Northumbrian, name for Quakling Grass.

Dithery Docks or Quaking Grass

Rose flowers do not remain in bloom for long.  They are very atractive to many insects, including bees.

Dog Rose

Hidden away on a little walked path, Wood Cranesbill is flowering.  From only one plant it is now beginning to spread.

Wood Cranesbill

Orchids continue to surprise us by showing their beautiful flower spikes in areas where they have not been seen before.  Unfortunately they do not grow with a name tag or bar code attached!  So with conviction (until someone else names them!) Common Spotted Orchid is shown below.

Common Spotted Orchid

This is a Northern Marsh Orchid.

Northern Marsh Orchid

A possible Common Spotted x Northern Marsh Orchid hybrid.

Common Spotted x Northern Marsh?

And this is an Early Marsh Orchid.

Early Marsh Orchid

Although we may not be able to name them all, we enjoy their splendour and have fun trying to work out the petal shape, patterns, lines, squiggles and spots or no spots!


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