Flowers In The Glen …

Had a drive down one my favourite glens last Sunday, Glen Lyon.
The weather wasn’t great, but it was still as beautiful, magnificent hills, crisp fresh air, clean clear waters, lush greens and all was peaceful.
The Heather is really starting to show the now and the countryside has an abundance of wild flowers.
I didn’t get many photos, but tried to capture something each time we stopped to let Barclay out, or stopped for me to open gates on a fabulous K Road (Meaning unnamed roads/tracks, which are my favourites & I’ve christened them K Roads, those who have been out with me, will know exactly what I am on about).
Heres a small selection of just some of the flora we saw
Karen x

Pretty Purple Heather Beginning To Decorate The Hillsides.

Pretty Purple Heather Beginning To Decorate The Hillsides.

Bell Heather

Bell Heather

Bumble Bee on Cross-leaved Heather.

Bumble Bee on Cross-leaved Heather.

Slender St john's-wort

Slender St john’s-wort

The Lichen, Cladonia portentosa Growing At Glen Lyon, Highland Perthshire.

The Lichen, Cladonia portentosa Growing At Glen Lyon, Highland Perthshire.

Lesser Spearwort

Lesser Spearwort

Wild Thyme Creeping Over Rocks. The favourite flower of Fairies.

Wild Thyme Creeping Over Rocks. The favourite flower of Fairies.

Heath Spotted-orchid

Heath Spotted-orchid

Monkeyflower

Monkeyflower

Dozens Of Heath Spotted-orchid, Glen Lochay.

Dozens Of Heath Spotted-orchid, Glen Lochay.

Foxgloves Growing Amongst Rocks & Boulders

Foxgloves Growing Amongst Rocks & Boulders

 

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The Orchid …

Last year, whilst out walking McBasil, we came across an Orchid, just one, not another in sight.
This year, curiosity got the better of me and I decided that Barclay and I would venture back to that very same spot to see if it had shown again this year.
First visit, there was no sign of it, but, things are about a week – 10 days behind this year compared to last, so we we would take another trip in search of it.
This time we were rewarded for our troubles, there its was!
Now I am not that great on Orchid identification, but giving its colour and location am opting for a Northern Marsh-orchid – Dactylorhiza purpurella.
It may look a sturdy wee thing, but it is not, it was just hanging onto its spot and I certainly wouldn’t have wanted to knock/touch it!
It wasn’t that tall either, as you can see from the 2nd image as its measured against me iPhone 6plus (Approx 17cm), the Orchid stands at 12cm.
Last year, it was only around for approx 2 weeks.
Am pleased to have come across this beautiful gem
Karen x

Northern Marsh-orchid - Dactylorhiza purpurella

Northern Marsh-orchid – Dactylorhiza purpurella

Northern Marsh-orchid - Dactylorhiza purpurella

Northern Marsh-orchid – Dactylorhiza purpurella

Northern Marsh-orchid - Dactylorhiza purpurella

Northern Marsh-orchid – Dactylorhiza purpurella