Ophrys apifera is a nice one, Ron!
I have never seen it, it doesn't grow in Norway. However I have seen the relative O. insectifera a few times. It is not common.
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!
Visited a bog nearby our cabin to look for orchid. Found only two species.
Coelogossum viride and Gymnadenia conopsea. The first one is rather common, you find it everywhere but only a few plants, the other is not so common but you often find many specimens together.
Gymnadenia conopsea doesn't grow as big here as in the lowlands.
Nice finds Trond. We've visited 5 'sites' of Coelogossum viride this year, but haven't been able to find one specimen. Gymnadenia conopsea is just beginning to flower here.( lovely inclusion of the bee / fly ? in the first picture of this sp. :-) ). Its common name here is Fragrant Orchid, .... with good reason :-)
Here's the last, for this year, of the orchids from our garden. A single plant of Anacamptis pyramidalis. We're hoping that this sp. will eventually establish itself in the tightly cropped grassy areas of the garden.
Its only small at the moment, flowering for only the second year ( first with us ). Hopefully it will achieve the beauty of these plants, growing 'in nature', (these from last year).
53.69° N, Dedicated to West Coast Fritillaria, plus three other members of the subgenus Liliorhiza. I grow other Genera, as time permits !
Haven't seen Anacamptis pyramidalis since I visited Gotland many, many years ago!
If you haven't been there you should once - the Swedish islands Gotland and Öland are famous for their orchids (and wildflowers in general).
A couple of orchids in flower now
and Corybas incurvus which is flowering two months earlier than last year
Tony, those two look delightful. Thanks for persevering and uploading the photos again, so that they do resize, each orchid is wonderful.
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Absolute gems Tony. You do grow some magnificent , unusual plants, and I know these two are certainly not the easiest to accommodate. Wonderful