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It’s amazing what a bit of rain can do. I’ve been watching the rosettes of Common spotted-orchids in various locations over the past week or so as their leaves flesh out and their flower spikes develop but I was still surprised to see this year’s first two plants with open flowers during my morning walk.

220522 common spotted-orchid (1)

They may be common but they are truly glorious, and I can’t wait for the time when the meadows are full of their flowers.

220522 common spotted-orchid (2)