Thursday, 3 July 2008

Exotics in the bog

I'm always amazed by the complexity and beauty of Bog Asphodel. It just seems too exotic to be in a local bog.

The Common Spotted Orchids are very large and numerous this year. I found three on the lawn of our local Health Centre.

One of the most common mosses at the fringe of the bog: Polytrichum commune.

And at the very edge of the bog, my favourite flower: Slender St. John's Wort.


Gill said...

Bog asphodel - nice: do you get in in drifts, or just a few plants? We sometimes get a whole area yellow, and then orange in seed.

"The Common Spotted Orchids are very large and numerous this year." Same here in Yorkshire, with all colours from pure white to dark pinks and purples.

Love the "hats" on that Polytrichum commune.

Slender St. John's Wort - yup, a lovely plant, though I know it as "Elegant SJW" which i think rather suits it.

Stuart said...

Bog Asphodel: I find it only in very specific conditions and locations, but when I find it, it's very numerous.

SSJW: Very plentiful this year. Maybe slightly late, but long flower spikes. I love the plant in all its parts.