Sunday, 20 May 2012

Mersea Orchids Spreading

Back in the 1980's when Orchid Field Court was built on The Esplanade people worried that the green winged orchids would be lost to the development. However, there are a couple of areas where they still flourish nearby in gardens and hopefully this will increase with time.
One such location is in a back garden in one of the Avenue's where currently there are 50 heads this year, a 10% increase on 2011.

If you live in the locality, in March/ April examine your lawn before cutting it and look out for a rosette of thick short leaves. From the middle of these a spike will appear late April bearing the purple flowers.