The same situation is true for our meadow, which is a very much larger project. It will take a lot longer and many more plants to produce an established colony than it has done in our garden. It really does not matter how long it takes, the important thing is that it will be done. If, as I described on the Home Page, there has been a massive decline in flying insects the more I can do to help out the better. Make no mistake about this, if there are no flying insects there will be no apples, pears, plums, well fruit in general. We will be increasing our recolonization with Fragrant Orchids, Gymnadenia conopsea, as this species seems to be particularly attractive to butterflies and bees.
So although we currently only have Common Spotted orchids for sale on the Plants For Sale page, nextyear the range will be expanding. This, as ever, depends on the overwinter survival of the seedlings in pots, but introduction of a new greenhouse should ensure we have a good range for you next year.
In the meantime, enjoy contemplating the pleasures of new growth next year and look after your plants, you can be proud of your help in conserving our native orchids.