Native Flowers

Here they come! Orchid Buds

It’s exciting to see the new season orchids beginning to bud.  Here are some that I’ve found this week.

helmet-orchid-bud-with-moss

Now that I know what I’m looking for, I see Helmet Orchid leaves and buds all around the walking track. Still nothing in flower, but I keep checking!

orchid-leaf-and-bud-on-forest-floor

I’m not completely sure of this one, but I think it may be a Midge Orchid. If anyone can confirm or correct me, I’d appreciate it.

purple-gnat-orchid-bud-on-green-leaf

The Gnat Orchids are not growing everywhere, but we have a couple of patches where they are plentiful. The purple buds are beginning to lift on new stems.

gnat-orchid-bud-on-green-leaf

This bud is a little more advanced – it won’t be long before they are flowering!

mayfly-orchid-bud-on-heart-shaped-leaf

The Mayfly Orchid flowers are spectacular, and I have improved my photographic techniques a great deal since they last flowered. I hope to get some good shots of these in the coming weeks.

6 replies »

    • Thanks Mary – yes I can’t wait to see a fully formed flower from any of them. I have been looking daily. It’s wonderful to know that other people share the excitement! :-) Lisa

  1. Lisa, you are always improving your already high-level techniques! Thanks for the smart and hard work! I must confess to you that I love the floor of Fifteenacres! Take care! :)

    • So do I Fabio. These days I seem to walk around looking down. The most beautiful bird could be sitting above me and I would miss it unless it made a sound. I do love the flowering plants that cover the forest floor. Lisa

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