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Bee Orchids In The Garden At Ca di Bracco

These beautiful bee orchids are growing in the meadow below our swimming pool, I spotted them today whilst mowing. You’ll be pleased to know that I avoided them with the mower and, returnedthis evening to get a photo.

A bee orchid in the meadow at Ca di Bracco

A bee orchid in the meadow at Ca di Bracco

 

Lizard Orchids On The Front Lawn

Several weeks ago I noticed the unmistakeable shape of orchid leaves on our front lawn at Ca’ di Bracco. I’ve been carefully mowing around them and waiting to see what they would turn into.

Lizard Orchids on the lawn at Ca di Bracco

Lizard Orchids on the lawn at Ca di Bracco

A week ago, I guessed that they were probably going to be lizard orchids, so called because the flower looks like the body and tail of a lizard and in the last couple of days the first lizard-like flowers have appeared. I’ve seen plenty of lizard orchids whilst researching my book, Circular Walks On The Tuscany Umbria Border, but never seen so many in one place and they have never appeared on our lawn before.

Lizard-like flowers of the lizard orchid

Lizard-like flowers of the lizard orchid

The Return of The Amazing Spider Orchids

Springtime in central Italy means wild flowers and an abundance of wild orchids.

A Spider Orchid in the garden of Ca di Bracco

A Spider Orchid in the garden of Ca di Bracco

Spider orchids appear every April on one particular patch of ground beyond the swimming pool at Ca di Bracco, our house on the Tuscany Umbria border. I always look out for them and take great care not to run the mower over them, hope you enjoy the pictures I took this afternoon .

Spider Orchids

Spider Orchids

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