Wild orchids in our garden

Narrow-leaved helleborine - Cephalanthera longifolia

The narrow-leaved helleborine, Cephalanthera longifolia, does not seem to like our garden. It is difficult to find them and when you do, they are fairly poor specimens.

In principle, they should look like these photos that were taken in a clearing in one of the nearby woodlands. They seem very frail and they tremble in the slightest wind.

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Greater butterfly orchid - Platanthera chlorantha

Wild orchids in our garden

Encouraging wild orchids

From French cornfield to English garden

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