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Northern Marsh Orchids, of which there are usually three or four in the garden each year, made a first appearance yesterday, the day of the summer solstice. One is partially hidden by a Common Cat’s-ear plant and one is in among the stems of Red Fescue grass on the south-east bank.

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2015-06-22 at 08-35-51

Northern Marsh Orchid (Dactylorhiza purpurella) just showing between the basal leaves of Common Cat’-ear

2015-06-21 at 16-08-16

Northern Marsh Orchid in among Red Fescue stalks. White Pignut beside it.

I checked where a Southern Marsh Orchid (Dactylorhiza praetermissa) usually grows and it was still there though about three weeks behind in its growth from last year.

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2015-06-21 at 16-04-56

Just leaves and green shoot of Southern Marsh Orchid at summer solstice 2015

2014-06-20 at 13-45-51

Southern Marsh Orchid at summer solstice last year