Orchids aren’t plants you’d necessarily associate with allotments, so it was good to see these on Windmill Allotments in Radford…..
The darker-flowered plant on the left is Southern Marsh Orchid (Dactylorhiza praetermissa), whilst the lighter-flowered one is Common Spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii) – with the characteristic spotted leaves just about visible in the bottom of the photo.
Here’s a closer look at Southern Marsh Orchid…..
…..and of Common Spotted Orchid…..
These are great to see, especially the Southern Marsh Orchid, which is uncommon in Nottinghamshire. If the allotment stays under sympathetic management, these lovely plants should thrive for years to come.