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Dark Green Fritts and Large Skipps and other bits! (22nd June 2017)

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Dark Green Fritillary taken today in Dalton (Click over to enlarge)
Thursday 22nd June 2017 - Dalton Crags - 1500hrs to 1630hrs

My intentions today were purely to go and check out the new possible Scollie "Crispum" fern in Dalton Crags.  A quick check on the "Marginatum" on the way up through the Crags and eventually arriving at the place were we have the new young Crispum! but on arrival it was one of those days when you get a nice shock, let me explain.  Whilst setting up to take photographs (as windy as it was), I quickly became aware that a brand new baby Crispum had appeared as if from nowhere, and what a little beauty this looks like it might turn out to be.  Just look at the wavy edge it already producing - I just can't wait to see this in maturity.  For now we do have this photo - like I say it was very windy for taking photos. I know for a fact that our fern men Alec and Julian will love this one!

Our new Crispum, and yet another new crispum frond (Click over to enlarge)
Not far away I also wanted to check out our rare "Montanum's" (Pale St. John's Wort) and yes they are coming along nicely, but another pleasant surprise was to see one already in flower.  I did manage to capture the plant but only the flower and top part because the wind was blowing it about like a swinging pendulum!

Hypericum Montanum (Pale St. John's Wort) today - (Click over to enlarge)
I decided to come back over "Hypericum Way" and check out some of our Hirsutums, Pulchrums and Tetraterum.  But straight away as I was coming down the "Way" it was butterflies, butterflies and even more butterflies.  Beginning with Red Admirals, then obvious recent hatches of the beautiful "Ringlets", then Large Skippers and Meadow Browns and then just before reaching the bottom two very flitty Dark Green Fritilleries. Continuing on a little way and back to the Plain Quarry areas I was having lots of Speckled Woods,  Small Heaths, Common Blues, more Ringlets and a beautiful Dark Green Fritillary which allowed me to get a good photograph (see above)

Red Admiral on Hypericum Way today (Click over to enlarge)

Large Skipper on Hypericum Way today (Click over to enlarge)

Another Large Skipper on Hypericum Way today (Click over to enlarge)
I had been recording our beautiful "Maiden Pink" for several years when a couple of years ago they just stopped coming through.  So it was a great pleasure to see them today coming through again this year. There did used to be two more small populations close by but to press these are still missing.

Maiden Pink in Dalton Crags 23rd June 2017 (Click over to enlarge)
To finish off whilst on the car park I noticed four large populations of "black mature larvae" bunched up and devouring "nettles" and "bindweeds".  It will be interesting to try and find out just what they are, would they be a beautiful moth or would they be a beautiful butterfly - we shall find out!!

Unidentified Larva feeding up on areas around Dalton Crags today (Click over to enlarge)
And another photo ot the loverly little black caterpillars (Click over to enlarge)

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Dinghy Skippers, Meadow Browns and lots and lots of Orchids (19th June 2017)

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Looking over to Warton Crag and the Bay (click over to enlarge)
Monday 19th June 2017 - Hutton Roof 0900hrs to 1100hrs

A new Chiffchaff to book.  Manage to get a good bite from a "Cleg" fly, he did not come again!  I saw a beautiful "light lemon coloured hawker dragonfly", lovely colouring but too flitty to get a photo - seemed to be enjoying the tops of the bracken. A regular Garden Warbler was singing away having moved his territory some 100 yards further East. Found another Common Spotted Orchid (not that Common on Hutton Roof less than 50). Again another day with Small Heaths everywhere.  Had my first Meadow Brown's today (x2) also had one of the larger bronze fritillaries (1st of the year) but its still a little early for Dark Green but spot on for High Brown so I am left wondering......had a Dinghy Skipper and also marked two places off with Common Blues (males). Lots of Fairy Flux flowers showing. The nationally rare (but locally common) Limestone Bedstraw is opened up everywhere you go. In fact it is so common you will struggle to find any Heath Bedstraw! 

Also I have Robert Ashworth (Kendal) report from: 14th June 2017:
Cuckoo - at least one bird still present, no calling and more elusive. Crossbill - One calling as it flew north over Burton Fell. Recorded a new fly orchid and also a Common Spotted. Increase in Small Pearl Bordered Fritillaries. (Thanks Robert)

Checked on Specimen 70 (Schmal 70) which is coming through very well and as usual a very light green.  This year also it has come through with a new specimen at the side of it which for now is labelled 70a and which so far does look very much like a positive offspring of 70 which you can see in the following photograph.

Specimen 70 and the new 70a (Schmal 70) - Click over to enlarge
Here below is a photograph of how Specimen 70 looked last year. It is a striking plant which first of all hits you by the very light green throughout.  Also as you can see from the following photo it shows lovely red/magenta flowers which contrast so well with the green.

Specimen 70 (Schmal 70) LAST YEAR 13th July 2016   (Click over to enlarge)

Specimen 70 (Schmal 70) LAST YEAR 13th July 2016   (Click over to enlarge)
Such a beautiful plant which in my opinion does have similarities to Schmal 8 (2014) and also Schmal 11 and 12 (2014).  see old photos below. The position of Specimen 70 from the other plants (8,11 and 12) is approx 200 yards to their direct West. 

Specimen 8 (Schmal) from 7th July 2014)
Specimen 11 (Schmal) from 7th July 2014)

Also decided to check out Specimen 14 (Schmal No.14) which sadly has been predated by Mr. Hare.  He is up to his old tricks again and although we love him dearly I just wish he would eat what he chomps!  If you look closely on the photo you will see a little minced pile of the flowerhead which he has made.  Also shown below this photo is a photo of how Schmal 14 looked on the 12th July 2016

Spec 14 (Schmal No.14) Click over to enlarge

and here below I have put a photo on of how Schmal No.14 was last year on 12th July 2016. I noticed that around this plant are another two nice atrorubens, but obviously they must not have been so tempting.  If you look at this photo also you can see that this plant may well have qualified for the "Lemon Petalled" status.

Spec 14 (Schmal No.14) in better days - 12th July 2016 (Click over to enlarge)

I was really pleased to see that var: Westmorlandii is alive and well and just starting its growth....

And here is showing 9a which is doing well.  In fact all that family seem to be doing well 9,9b,11,12 etc etc. 
Nice development on 9a taken on 19th June 2017

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Checking No.66,55, Variagated and "Little and Large"

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Saturday 17th June 2017 - Hutton Roof 0900hrs to 1130hrs

Today I thought it was probably apt for me to try and map out a productive area which includes such rarities as Specimen 66 and 55 (both Lemon Petalled specimens) and closeby is the "albiflora".

I first of all checked out No.66 which is a superb light green showing plant which you can how it is showing with today's photos here.

Shows the full Spec 66 (Lemon Petalled) plant approx 12" as today (Click over to enlarge)

Spec 66 (Lemon Petalled) showing very green stem and lower leaves (Click over to enlarge)

Spec 66 (Lemon Petalled) showing a very light and full flowerhead (Click over to enlarge)
Spec 66 (Lemon Petalled) photo taken last year 2016 and shows just how colourful the plant is
(Click over to enlarge)

And here below is how Specimen 55 is showing today.  This plant is usually very early and can be the first of the main Lemon Petalled varieties to appear.  Its also a tall plant when fully mature it will probably be about 18" high and will usually have about 21 flowers. Notes have been taken on this specimen since 2015 so this is now it's third year.

Specimen 55 (Lemon Petalled) as on 17th June 2017 (Click over to enlarge)

Specimen 55 (Lemon Petalled) Lower Sections as on 17th June 2017 (Click over to enlarge)

Specimen 55 (Lemon Petalled) flowerhead as on 17th June 2017 (Click over to enlarge)

Specimen 55 (Lemon Petalled) flowers as on 1st July 2016 (Click over to enlarge)
This next plant I found today is still within the productive area and is already looking very unusual with a strange leaf pattern

A interesting specimen found today very patterned leaves (Click over to enlarge)
This was a striking "atrorubens" plant showing a little variagation within it's leaves. And today I did check out the beautiful "variagated" helleborine which is coming along nicely but still a mystery. Here is today's photo of the plant

A cracking specimen but so dark a stem for a "Helleborine"
(Click over to enlarge)
Also today I found yet another variagated "seedling - leaves only" growing about one metre away from this plant.  

Checked out several others which are doing OK.  To finish off today check out this photo of "Little and Large"

Todays photo of "Little and Large" 17th June 2017 (Click over to enlarge

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Zig Zag and all that! and Specimen 3a.

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"Zig Zag Clover" from a couple of years ago - just starting to come through today (Click over to enlarge)
Friday 16th June 2017 - Hutton Roof  0900hrs to 1100hrs

Decided to check out a area of Hutton Roof on the other side to where I have been working recently. I wanted to check out some old Schmalhausenii or for that matter some of the fabulous "Atrorubens" etc. But initially it proved very disappointing with most of the Schmals having now disappeared and just not come through. I have realised it has been a downward trend in this part of HR for some time now especially in connection to the hybrids. However all was worth it to find a very special new plant and here is why I think so.

Probable relation to long gone Specimen 3 (Click over to enlarge)
So what makes this so interesting to me! well first of all geographically it is only within approx five feet of the original Schmalhauseneii No.3 (which failed with no growth in 2015 and 2016).  This plant is one of the bolder specimens which I call "aerials (television aerials)" meaning their leaves are exceptionally narrow and elongated together with the additional feature that the leaves are not opposites but "alternate" around the stem and not only this but also show abnormally extra large lower bracts!  It's a very local feature which I have only registered with this particular part of the Hutton Roof area, I don't recall of it appearing on any specimens outside of this local area. Yet several of the past schmals from around this area have had these features.

Another photo of a cracking specimen possibly related to our old Spec 3 and
which shows the "aerial" large bracts and 30 plus flowers which go all around the stem. 

3a showing the very narrow elongated spiralling leaves

It was over five years ago that I found this beautiful population of Zig Zag Clover - Trifolium medium (see photo above). In fact on the whole of Hutton Roof I have now found only three populations of this beautiful clover.  Today I checked out one of the populations and it was obvious from the moment they came into view that this year is going to be something really special with the colony having swelled by five times on last year,  although it will be a couple of weeks before most of them are in flower and what a glorious spectacle that will be.  Here is a couple of photos from today which show some of the area they are covering and a little bonus to see one of the plants just coming into flower.

Zig Zag Clover (Trifolium medium) Click over to enlarge
Shows about 1/4 of the Zig Zag population at this particular area - Click over to enlarge
Close up of Zig Zag leaf - 16th June 2017 - Click over to enlarge

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Helleborine probable Purpurea’s variants and other stuff

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Epipactis Schmalhausenii No.1 as featured today 15th June 2017 (Click over to enlarge)

Thursday 15th June 2017 - Checking out Orchids amongst other things on Hutton Roof  1300hrs to 1600hrs

Checking out some Helleborines today - Purpurea specimens - First to check was Purpurea No.17 which is also known to me as "Big Leaf" because it comes through every year and if not predated it is expected to show as a beautiful "Purpurea" specimen.  Here is a photo showing its progress today. You can see from this photo why its called "Big Leaf"

"Big Leaf" Helleborine - Purpurea No.17
This was a interesting fungi on a old log pile which I saw whilst on my way up to some orchids.

A couple of Montanum's now showing the flowerhead (Click over to enlarge)
Although the majority of Montanum's are not where near ready for flowering, these two which are at a record (for us) with a height of over 16" do already have their flowerheads and I can see them opening up in the next week to ten days.

One of today's Atrorubens - not long to go! (Click over to enlarge)
And to finish off what better than see Schmalhuasenii No.1 Hybrid now showing buds and could actually be flowering within the next week!

Schmalhausenii hybrid No.1 as today 15th June 2017

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First Self Heal and HR Orchid updates etc

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My first of the year "Self Heal" (Click over to enlarge)

Wednesday 14th June 2017 - Hutton Roof 1400hrs to 1730hrs

On way up to Mossy Stones it was great to hear birds again and plenty of them singing away. The Garden Warbler (already recorded) was quietly bubbling away, but further along the footpath it was great to hear a new to me for the area a Whitethroat really going for it!  so this was booked down in the records, also further along the root were regular Willow Warblers and Blackcaps.

Also managed to record at least one Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary.

Checking out Mossy Stones although I should know it like the back of my hand by now, but it really is surprising everytime you visit you have every chance of turning up with something new.

Today I managed to find yet another spot with at least 28 Carex Ornithopoda (Birds Foot Sedge), also several Mountain Melick Grass, Unusual marked Polypodys, beautiful Lady's Ferns and closeby Broad Buckler Ferns, additional (new to me) areas showing small populations of Common Rock Rose.  Here below are a couple of photos from today:

One of the many views of "Mossy Stones" which I cross over to get to the pavements
(Click over to enlarge)
Common Polypody - But so unusual in colour (Click over to enlarge)
A young Common Polypody with unusual colouring showing both light and dark throughout.

I wonder what had been going on here (Click over to enlarge)
This seemed strange because the fern was well down a gryke (maybe 3ft) yet had obviously been attacked severely by some unknown creature.  At first I thought I had found something really special!!

"Wood Melick" (Click over to enlarge)
Check out also "Mountain Melick" shown below
"Mountain Melick" (Click over to enlarge)
Found within 50 yards of each other
"Lady Fern" (Click over to enlarge)

"Broad Buckler Fern" (Click over to enlarge)

"Broad Buckler Fern - Close Up" (Click over to enlarge)
On my way up I also found these little beauties hiding under the canopy and could easily have been missed! What appealed to me was how long and narrow the frond was but what a carry on to actually get to the plant itself, a proper obstacle course"

Tuesday 13th June 2017 - Hutton Roof 1500hrs to 1800hrs

My first of the year "Self Heal" which are not far away from where I get the special "White coloured Self Heal" but these are not even showing yet.

The birds today again have gone mega quiet with just occasional Robins or Willow Warblers.  The butterflies were showing with plenty of Small Heaths and just the odd Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary.

The first orchid to check out today was No.66 which is a beautiful Lemon Petalled Specimen and this is the photo of the plant as of today:

Specimen 66 - Lemon Petalled on Green Stem (Click over photo to enlarge)
You can already see the overhall green involved with this plant.  Here is a photo showing the beautiful flowers this plant produced last year.

Specimen 66 - Lemon Petalled on Green Stem - Photo taken 2016 (Click over to enlarge)
On checking some of the main Epipactis yesterday they are doing really well this year with the initial checks although one or two are now starting to become victims of the Hare which we would expect anyway, just keep fingers crossed they take the ones which are not included in the studies.

The following shows you a example of the "Harecut" in this case to one of our E.Helleborines.  You can usually get a idea who the culprit is by the angle of the cut like you can see here.  With the Roe Deer they usually make their cut straight across (or at the slightest of angles)

Epipactis Helleborine yesterday (Click over to enlarge)
Fell victim to the Hare and you see the cut at a strong angle
Although you do expect many casualties over the season, occasionally it is noticed that the Hare gives the plant the snip and leaves the flower head dangling without even eating it.  That just is annoying!  I have noticed that the quicker the heads produce colourful flowers the safer the plant becomes.  It must be the colour in some instances that puts them off.

It was nice today to find another Carex Ornithopoda (Birds Foot Sedge) on this fell which now indicates populations of at least two here and in total we now have this rare species showing up at five different areas of Hutton Roof which brings the number of individual plants at somewhere around the 1600 mark.

Here is Schmals 15,16,16a all coming through well (Click over to enlarge)

What about this one I found today and have now christened "Little and Large" the largest one being about 2ft high and the small atrorubens about 6"

"In the shadow of" (Click over to enlarge)
Now checking one of the main "colonies".  A area which is full of Schmals with plenty of offsprings around and plenty of maybe's and breed backs etc etc etc.  To start I will now show Specimen 9a which generally comes through a very pale plant and it looks very much like this year will be the same.  Although it cannot be confirmed for sure all the evidence so far "especially the light colourings" point to the fact that it is possibly a offspring from Schmal 9.  So here is the photo today and also followed by a photo of last years little beauty.

Specimen 9a - a very pale plant - 15th June 2017 (Click over to enlarge)

And here below is a photo of the same plant from last year (2016).  I feel as though the 9a, 9b etc are from the original specimen 9.  This is based purely on geographical location and unique colourings only.  Samples from last year (2016) (under permit) have been collected and are waiting DNA analysis which will hopefully confirm this either way.

Specimen 9a from 7th July 2016 (Click over to enlarge)
Here is another photo of Specimen 9a from 17th July 2015 and following on with yet another photo of the same specimen against a "straight" atrorubens nearby, which does then show you the colour contrast.  These photos are so good in that they show quite good comparison on the previous years and eventually when I get time I will show you photos heading from the original 9 and its possible family members!!

Specimen 9a from 17th July 2015 (Click over to enlarge)

Specimen 9a from 17th July 2015 (Click over to enlarge)
This photo above shows the plant in situ with a "straight" atrorubens coming up at the side of it.  This plant never showed in 2016 and so far this year there is no evidence showing for this year, although the 9a is doing well as previously shown.

Several more plants were also checked out and so far it looks a good year!

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Finding beautiful ferns whilst checking Scollies and more (12th June 2017)

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I wondered if these might be Lady Ferns which I found in Dalton Crags today (Click over to enlarge)
Monday 12th June 2017 - Dalton Crags 0930hrs to 1100hrs 

The weather was well overcast all morning and constantly threatening rain which it actually did on my leaving at 1115hrs. These winds are with us everyday there does not seem to be any let up.

No birds calling at all today, really quiet throughout.  One butterfly but missed it, just saw it out of the corner of my eye.  So I guess it just had to be yet another day with the beautiful ferns.

I am keeping my eye on the young "Crispum" which looks like it might just develop into something really interesting.

Asplenium scolopendrium "Crispum" today 12th June 2017
Its only about 4" at the moment but coming on great.

Also checked out the new "Marginatum" fronds which always look good with there serated frond edging.

Asplenium scolopendrium "Marginatum" today 12th June 2017
They look really good and there are more within a metre or so.
Well it was great today to find a small colony (I say small but it was about 16ft x 12ft) of these beautiful Ferns (I can only think they are Lady Ferns, but there again I am told Lady ferns are not keen on Limestone, so maybe I am wrong with my diagnosis so I guess I must check with my friend Alec just to make sure!) they are so beautiful how they taper down on the bottom side and most have the two finale drooping pinae. I have included a photo here of fronds and a collective photo of the colony can be seen as the header today (see above).

Are they Lady Ferns or Buckler Ferns?
Here is a photo of my garden today which is the area going through Dalton Crags which is sort of built on shelves or escarpments, so you are dropping down over three separate levels.

Part of the beautiful "Dalton Crags" which was my garden today (Click over to enlarge)
Dropping down even further from how you see it in the above photograph is yet another level which is probably the best area on Hutton Roof for Hard Shield Ferns (Polystichum aculeatum) and some superb large specimens can be found.  One or two are also growing on these upper levels and here in the next photo it shows them.

Hard Shield Fern (Polystichum Aculeatum) Click over to enlarge.

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Checking out Scollies etc (9th June 2017)

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"A Pteriologist Dream"  (Click over to enlarge)
Friday 9th June 2017 - Checking out Scollies and a lot more - 12noon to 1630hrs

Before that though I would just like to mention that Francis from Vicarage Lane has had a Common Redstart in her garden.  Also I think I have a resolution on the identification of the Caterpillar referred to in a early post - it does now appear that it will be the "December Moth" caterpillar.

Although I am now led to believe that Small Heath Butterflies have not been doing that well in certain parts of North Lancashire, I can say that we are doing really well up on Hutton Roof and thankfully it is one of the places where the butterflies still do well. I have on the odd occasion been walking through hatches with more that 20 butterflies in the vicinity.  They are very widespread up here.

Early reports of our Swifts indicate that there is probably not as many about this year and this seems so far to be the position throughout the country reading reports.  Ours at Burton seem slow and we are seeing less birds this year compared to the past years so far.  Also still early to tell for sure, but some of our old established nest sites have not been taken up as yet!  We are holding our Swift Watch nights every Thursday so hopefully before long we should have a clearer picture on the situation.

So back to yesterday whilst walking up Slape Lane (slippery!) my eye caught this strange plant on my left which turned out to be a Red Campion, but I have never noticed a leaf pattern showing a variagated.

"Red Campion" with variagated leaf pattern (Click over to enlarge)

Also walking along Slape Lane I could not help but notice the large amounts of Hedge Woundwort which are pleasantly on show along with lots of other great stuff as well.  I always think HW is a splendid beautiful plant which although I guess common is so beautiful when you see it close up.

Hedge Woundwort - so beautiful close up (Click over to enlarge)

My main target today was to check out lots and lots of Harts Tongue Ferns (Scollies) and sure enough my destination would show up not hundreds but probably thousands.  It was a very mature woodland and although looking from the outside you may not have thought so, but once inside you saw those beautiful large trees probably some two hundreds years old or maybe older.  You had to be careful where you walked because in the main the limestone floor was covered with beautiful mosses.  But here and there were large pockets of Harts Tongue Ferns and also Male Ferns (stunningly large shuttlecocks!) and also in the main a carpeted "Sweet Woodruff".

It was a great privilige to be let loose with all these scollies, checking out their patterns, and some of them were so wrinkly on the edges, although I could not find any definite (at this point) Crispums! although many gave indication that they were something special.  Take for instance this one below:

A very unusual Scolopendrium with these dainty scolloped edges (click over to enlarge)
When I first noticed this plant, I thought initially it had been damaged, but thinking about it now its not damaged but producing itself like this.  You know it really is maddening, I always (well not quite) take a gps reading of anything peculiar or interesting or rare etc, but checking through I did not take it for this particular plant.  I have other readings from a few yards away so I guess I could find it again without difficulty.  Its got to go in the diary for a "re look" because now on reflection I do think it is very special!

And this is common I guess among scollies but here we have one with a forked top, and you can see in the photo it shows the veins branching out:

"Forked Top"  (Click over to enlarge)
This place is what you would call a Pteriologist Dream with so many "beauties" all around you.  Good job today I am wearing light coloured trousers there are so many "ticks" about and I am constantly having to brush them off.  In the main they are tick "nymphs" but even so they will get you if they get chance and still give you some nasty bites. I guess that's nothing just part of the fabulous experience and I suppose I have got used to it by now its more a less a daily experience.  I walked through one place the other day and I'll bet there must have been at least 20 full mature female ticks which caught me and by the left "they can run like billeehoe" when they want too. Quickly got to get shut of these before they get chance to bite into.  Just regular checking and quick brush offs seem to keep them at bay - just miss one now and again!  Like my mate says - its a cracking place up here but should be called "Tick Central".

So I would now just like to show some of the beauties that make all this worthwhile.  I hope you enjoy the photos:

And to be honest with you I would have liked no more than show you lots more, its just been a absolute delight to have so much beauty on my doorstep! will be back again very very soon - hope the diary can fit it in before we get really involved with the orchids which is quickly following!!

To finish off the day I found my first of the year Common Spotted Orchid, with a closeby Common Blue Butterfly and lots of Common Cow-wheat everywhere!  Here are more photos:

Common Spotted Orchid just arriving

Common Blue Butterfly (Click over to enlarge)
Common Blue Butterfly - Underside (Click over to enlarge)
Common Cow-wheat although really! not that Common (Click over to enlarge
and check the photo below which shows the beautiful patterns of the leaves

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Yellow Sedge and Epipactis (7th June 2017)

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Yellow Sedge found in Lancelot Clark Storth (CWT) today June 7th 2017 (Click over to enlarge)
Also the next photo shows better the low creeping sedge.
Yellow Sedge - showing the low creeping sedge (Click over to enlarge)

Today Wednesday 7th June 2017 - Hutton Roof - Checking out Orchids etc. 1300hrs to 1430hrs

It was great to have a day without the rain, but it was blowing very strong and not so good on the photos but did manage to get one or two bits.

Found a new very large Common Twayblade in the middle of a copse.  I went in the small copse to look especially for the Helleborine var Chlorantha (well almost!) and sure enough it is really doing well (see photo below), also its nice to report that it looks as though there could well be several offspring coming through.

E. Helleborine var Chlorantha 2017 (Click over to enlarge)
this is the state of play today 7th June 2017
This is a lovely plant (as you can see in last year's photo shown below), and on checking it out today it's doing exceptionally well, and also good to see there are several plants coming through close by which look like they may well be offspring to this plant.  They certainly are showing a lack of colour much like the adult.

E. Helleborine var Chlorantha 2016 (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: taken 8th August 2016

Lots of atrorubens are doing really well this year so far, I just found one casualty today which had obviously been predated by one of our two Hares, but so far so good! Our new trio is looking great (Schmals 15,16 and now 16a) Here is todays offering:

Schmal 15,16 and 16a (Click over to enlarge)

This was a cracker I found fairly close to canopy. Although I can't say I have ever noted previous that canopy plays a part with darker appearance of Atrorubens unlike you can find with Helleborine's.  I guess it will be interesting just to see how this plant turns out.

A very dark "atrorubens" found today (Click over to enlarge)
Can't remember ever finding a "atrorubens" so dark before
I decided to go and check on the "variagated" No.2 which again this year was only a large pair of leaves just like last year.  I don't think it is going to do anything again this year.

I did stumble on a nice little five group of atrorubens which have not been recorded before.

A quintet of Atrorubens (Click over to enlarge)
also look at the lovely photo below showing the red edging etc 

The same quinet - showing the red edging and red stalks (Click over to enlarge

I checked on Schmalhausenii specimen 67 which is coming out from a Juniper bush and last year there were two plants.  You will notice when you see last years photo of the mature plant that the stem is light green throughout.  On this years young ones the stem looks dark although I would think that this will probably change within the next week or so.

Schmalhausenii Specimen 67 plus another (Click over to enlarge)
This photo was taken today 7th June 2017 and check photo below
which shows last year's mature plant
Schmalhausenii 67 taken on 12th July 2016 (Click over to enlarge)
Here now is Schmalhausenii Specimen 69 which I decided to check out today and it seems to be doing well. Here is todays photo:

Schmal specimen 69 as of today 7th June 2017 (Click over to enlarge) 
Schmal specimen 69 taken on 13th July 2016
Last year this was confirmed as a Schmal with a good light green stem, atrorubens flowers and a good fingerprint especially with the "Helleborine" leaves.

A Quality Helleborine today
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Checking out the Montanum at site No.1 I noticed two of the large 14" specimens are now already starting to show closed flowerheads.

Also today found a cracking 14 Helleborine colony with some cracking examples coming through. Found a new Odoratum (Angular Solomons Seal) site. New Lily Of The Valley site and also Yellow Sedge in a strange place to find this on limestone in a sloping hillside. Its a good 1 metre diameter patch not sure what sort of yellow sedge but think it is probably Common (but not common in this area).

Yesterday Tuesday 6th June 2017 - Hutton Roof - Stuff I forgot to mention yesterday. 

First of all I must say that yesterday I must have got carried away with the Orchids and forgot  to mention about other stuff.

For most of the time it was continual rain, but did get a sort of one hour gap when things were not too bad.  I managed to record a new Chiffchaff and also a very "songful" Blackcap which was singing out so loud and clear and well worth spending a little time just listening to him.   Also found a colony of 11 Common Twayblades which were sort of hidden under the gorse (which is very regular up on Hutton Roof - If its not gorse it may be Juniper) None of the plants looked stunning! they had all been well nibbled on their main two large basal leaves, probably small rodents I would have thought! Also managed to record a further Blackcap in song!  I am surprised they must be singing well today because they have had to put up with continuous rainfall and now that it has come fine they are making the most of it.  I also found a new Beech Fern colony of about one metre diameter.  Although new it is not that far away from other established colonies (probably at nearest some 300 yards). A really good year for Sanicle, noticed one or two more colonies which I had not previously recorded.  A fitting end was having a Tawny Owl calling closeby.

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Checking out Epipactis Atrorubens and their Hybrids (6th June 2017)

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Specimen No.19 and 20 plus 19a and 20a (Click over to enlarge)
Photo taken today 6th June 2017

The History of these plants: 

In 2014 they came up as a group of three and were heavily laden with flowers to the point they stayed bent over and could not go erect (see photo below).  In 2015 only two plants showed and it was also thought that these could well be Schmals (not confirmed), also this year the plants have come through erect and No.19 which is 20" high had 43 flowers and No.20 which is also 20" high had 42 flowers. In 2016 only one plant came through and survived.

In 2017 it is showing four plants No's 19 and 20 and two additional plants which are now named as 19a and 20a and they look very good.  Below is a photos showing the plants in 2014 and 2015, I still need to find the 2016 photo from the archives.

Shows Specimen 19 and 20 in 2014 (Click over to enlarge)
So many flowers were making the plant bend over

Specimen No.19 with 43 flowers and No.20 with 42 flowers in 2015

Suspected parents to Schmalhauseneii No.2 (long gone) photo taken today 6th June 2017
This photo was taken today and clearly shows a Broad Leaved Helleborine on the left hand side and a Dark Red Helleborine on the right, it is approx 3ft between them yet the originals were far closer together as you see in the original photo below.  And it was these two parents back in 2013 produced what we think was Schmalhauseneii No.2 which failed in 2014 and again in 2015 due to slug predation. In 2016 and again in 2017 the plant failed to show. 

The suspected parent plants of Schmalhauseneii No.2 photographed in 2012 (Click over to enlarge)

This is showing the original Schmalhauseneii No.2
Sadly this plant is no longer with us although a strong plant back in 2012 yet did fall victim to deer predation in 2013, then slug predation in both 2014 and again in 2015. The Plant has just not come through in 2016 and again in 2017.