Saturday 23rd June 2018 - Hutton Roof - Checking out orchids etc 0930hrs to 1400hrs
Some of our little beauties today.
|Epipactis atrorubens today on Hutton Roof (Click over to enlarge)|
|9b - light green stem with very dark flowers (thought to have come from parent No.9)|
|A close up of 9b today 23rd June 2018 - Click over to enlarge|
|This beautiful atrorubens is on the escarpment very close to 2 schmals.|
|This is the rare "Albiflora" today and its becoming quite obvious it is again not going to do|
anything this year with no flowerhead forming.
Thursday 21st June 2018 - Hutton Roof - Checking up and photographing etc 0930hrs to 1400hrs
|This is Schmalhauseneii Specimen No.1 today and is on a totally different pavement to the rest.|
First found in 2012 and has come up every year since. It is protected in a deep 18" grike.
Tuesday 19th June 2018 - Hutton Roof - taking up 4 cages and setting on large helleborines and checking out 1000hrs to 1300hrs
This is 33f (the light green one on the left) and always comes through as a duo with this standard? plant growing alongside it (to it's right), and this example is again replicated with a similar pair which grow about 4ft away. In both examples the plants never seem to grow much above 10" in height, but very interesting that you get this mixed combination so close together (eg: twice tandem). I am of the strong opinion that the plants themselves do hold "hybrid" genes and probably would be candidates for schmalhauseneii, or even moving on a stage further and that they could even be F2 breed backs. And with their being two almost identical pairs within the suspected family group, I suppose the area could be considered for a "swarm" area. I do suspect the main plant (possible parentage) comes from Specimen No.33 which is a tall Schmalhauseneii and shown in this next photo. This plant is approx 5ft away from the above pair. Although I suspect 33 is the parent there are other possible candidates in the same given area especially 33c and possibly 33b. Why I mention this is that these two specimens do not hold the cream epichile and bosses as we have got with 33 and this by the way is not replicated in the 33f specimen which will come through with a light pink outcome.
This is Specimen 33 and considered to be a schmalhauseneii. It has just gone into stage 3 or straightening up and stands at approx 3ft (as at 19th June 2018). The past two years it has produced both epichile and bosses as a cream feature. There is also close by yet another plant considered to be a schmal and named 33c which is caged and doing extremely well (this one does not have any cream features). The whole local area of approx 15ft diameter radius holds some very interesting plants. The cream feature (eg Epichile and Boss) is very interesting and rare and seen only in three separate plants in total on the whole of the Hutton Roof study area. Although I call it a "cream feature" which predominately it is, you can see traces of a light pink flush and also to the lower section a light green apple colour flush, which could well be taken as yet another "helleborine" influence. Also of interest is that in all three plants they all have the lemon petalled affiliation. I am sure I will be returning to the 33 family very soon.
This beautiful example of a schmal (specimen 8) above was photographed in 2014 and was later predated in 2015 by a large swarm of Black Aphids which sucked the plant dry, killing it off. Since then the plant has tried to make a annual re-appearance in follow on years but has failed with just the two bottom leaves forming. But this year (2018 and 3 years on) the plant is doing OK and coming through well. So hopefully we may just have a photo to share at a later date.
Monday 18th June 2018 Hutton Roof - taking up 4 cages and setting on large helleborines and inspection of others 0900hrs to 1100hrs "First flowers showing"
Very windy, cloudy with odd intermittent sunshine. A rather disappointing morning on checking out lots of the helleborines. A couple are now starting to come through as you can see in the above photos, but it will be about one more week to ten days before most of them are showing.
I took up a further four cages and set them all on Broad Leaved Helleborines. Already I have noticed that one (uncaged) really splendid specimen has been taken down by deer in the last day or two, also had a atrorubens taken down through a cage!
The most disappointing thing was to note that 3 of our top specimens (all residing in the same area) are already showing burnt tips to their plumes and I can't really see them making anything this year. This applies to 55,55b and 55c - (see following photos below). I am sure that this must be something to do with the prolonged hot weather we had during both May and early June, other things are also coming to light such as "OK at first but now gone into a stunted growth within our bolder/larger specimens (mainly within our suspected schmalhauseneii hybrids, but not all hybrids), neither am I seeing this within our more standard or frail specimens, all seems OK and on target with those.
|No.55 today 18th June 2018|
|55b today 18th June 2018|
|55c today 18th June 2018|
|Specimen 15c Schmalhauseneii taken on 18th June 2018 (stunted!)|
Let me now show you how the same planted looked back in 2017
Here are the newly caged today Epipactis Helleborines (Click over to enlarge):
Now moving on to today's predation:
Just shows you the Brown Hare will take plants occasionally from caged specimens - this was a great plant our Schmalhauseneii No.10. but he has not taken the partner.
and finally today a photo showing the state of the variagated (humbug) this year and unfortunately its becoming more obvious by the day that it will do nothing this year.
Monday 11th June 2018 Hutton Roof - taking up and setting 3 new cages 0900hrs to 1100hrs
I first went back to 15c and gave him a upgrade which you can see below, then came across to both 55 and 66 and gave them also upgrades with the better cages, then went across to area 17 and caged 17t, 17n and 17o, and then across to the large copse and caged a trio of helleborines which fall victim every year.
|17c in his new upgraded cage (11th June 2018)|
|55 in his upgraded cage|
|Specimen 66 in his upgraded cage|
|Close up of Specimen 66|
|17o Schmal - note the really purple basal and then the wide lower leaf|
|3 large Helleborines caged - always predated so we will see if a cage helps|
Thursday 7th June 2018 - Hutton Roof - checking out rare Epipactis 0930hrs to 1400hrs
Schmalhauseneii specimen no 33 is coming on leaps and bounds, just like most of them. This weather is bringing them on sooner but also we are lacking water up there and the ground crunches as though parched! I reckon the specimen now stands at about 12" or maybe a little taller.
|Specimen No.33 (schmalhauseneii) now standing at about 12"|
|Schmal 33 - main plant|
This is the main plant of the area and considered to be the parent
Its come up this year as a duo which is regular
considered to be a schmal and taken directly from the 33 parent
|55o a strong atroruben specimen, taken down last year with "burn"|
A beautiful plant Epipactis Helleborine - viridflora or chlorantha which ever name you may wish to chose,
but it is a very light phase of just white and green all showing well on 4th June 2018
A small version of the light phase helleborine and showing well as of today 4th June 2018
|Escarp 7 is a suspected Schmal, in fact all the good specimens in this area are also suspect.|
This year again this particular specimen has come through as a duo. Within a couple of metre
we also have Escarp 10 and 10B which are also schmals.
|Escarp 8 pallans variety which is green and cream|
Epichile and bosses are cream, but if you look close you will see red dots and dash
to the left is a straight atrorubens, to the right is the rare Pallans
|Escarp 10 - another great schmal which has come through this year as a duo|
|Escarp 10b - new this year and thought to have come through from 10|
which should make it a schmalhauseneii
|Escarp 13 - large lemon-petalled taken down last year - really tall beautiful plant|
|Schmal 8 stone cage|
|Schmal 8 in its prime back in 2014|
Thursday 31st May 2018 - Erecting cages on rare orchids and checking out others etc
I can't believe how quick everything is moving along and lots of our atrorubens are now at stage two and showing their drooping heads just like this photo taken today:
|Atrorubens entering stage 2 and now showing their drooping heads|
|Specimen 55e - Light green stem possible schmalhauseneii|
|Specimen 55c - another lempet and interesting|
|A quick check on "Albiflora"|
|Spec 15g duo and thought to be from the closeby 15,a,b and 15c family|
|Here is the "Varigated" Helleborine coming through on its third year - NICE ONE!|
Tuesday 29th May 2018 - Erecting Cages on rare orchids (0900hrs to 1130hrs)
This morning was set aside to take more cages up on Hutton Roof to erect around 15c, 11b, plus two others. All cages kindly supplied by Alan Gendle
|The next cage went to cover this small shoot which could go 50/50|
between a straight Epipactis Helleborine or what I am sure could well be something
really special - but very early days! - the coming fortnight will give the answers -I hope!
|This is 11b which did well last year - considered a possible schmal and did have a fully light lemony green stem. The|
plant sits directly across from its suggested parent plant No.11 - both parent and offspring are now protected with cages.
More photos of some beautiful specimens on their way which I took this morning.
Monday 28th May 2018 - Erecting Cages on rare orchids (1400hrs to 1600hrs)
|The early atrorubens has of today at about 8" and it wont be long now before it enters|
stage 2 when you will start to see the "drooping head". This specimen example was also
shown has the very first of the year on 22nd May 2018
Four more of our special plants have received protective cages today, which have been kindly supplied by Alan Gendle. Specimens 33f, 55, 66 and 40s duo - photos below
|Specimen 33f believe or not is a schmal and a straight atrorubens next to it. You can already see the marked difference|
in colour etc. Received a protection cage today
|Specimen 55 - Large Lemon Petalled - received a protection cage today|
|Specimen 66 Lemon-Petalled on green stem - received a protective cage today|
|Specimens 40's duo - received a protective cage today|
Friday 25th May 2018 - Hutton Roof "Caging off four plants" (0900hrs to 1100hrs)
Today the weather had changed a bit with far more wind about and very dark clouds overhead, but I managed to get my bits and pieces done before it actually started raining at 1130hrs.
My main intention was to get back up on the fell to place some protective cages over four of the plants which you can see the photos below. All cages kindly supplied by Alan Gendle
|Protecting a new shoot (Click over to enlarge)|
|Now a cage protecting 17d,e,f - a light phase Atrorubens trio with cream epichiles and bosses|
|A cage now around the stalwarts 15a,b and c which the Hares have got at every year!|
|Escarp 13 which is one of the tallest and strongest lemon petalled which gets taken down|
every year, so lets see if a cage will make the difference.
|A nice fresh specimen - up near the 40's duo|
|Escarp 7 which is showing a additional this year (eg: 7a) (Schmals)|
|Escarp 10 (Schmal)|
It might be early days yet it looks bad for my specimen 40 which does not seem to be showing this year, It seems to be constantly predated by Hares for the past two years, but this is how it used to look several years ago
|Specimen 40 a few years back|
|Specimen 15c last year with 62 flowers|
Other than these two hiccups most of the other plants are showing really strong shoots and it looks like we might just do well this year. This plant only came through for the first time last year and is without doubt a spin off from nearby (20ft away) 15,15a,15b you can tell by the build of the plant and its characteristics it is very similar (below is a photo of the others from about 4 years ago) If you look at the plume build you will even note the similarity of alignment from the top of the plume to the lower with both the original (seen below) and the new 15c (seen above) you notice the kink to the LH at the top then straight then slight bend to the left and then straight down and then to the right which is almost replicated in both examples
|All renamed to: 15,15a and now a 15b|
(Click over to enlarge)
|This was Schmalhauseneii No.1 yesterday, it is now|
in it's 7th year for a schmal which perhaps
could well be a record
Thursday 24th May 2018 - Hutton Roof "Several first showings both Atrorubens and Helleborine"
I was surprised to see just how things had progressed in the last couple of days, with most atrorubens now starting to show with some much bigger specimens than others. But also pleased to see this year my first helleborine and also to see that the mega rare albiflora has got some growth this year, although I am wondering if it is reverting back to atrorubens with all the "red" colour showing, we will have to see just how it turns out!
|Specimen 33 - A schmalhauseneii today 24th May 2018|
|Specimen 33 - A schmalhauseneii (lempet) 7th July 2017)|
|Specimen 66 lemon-petalled on green stem today 24th May 2018|
|Specimen 66 lemon-petalled on green stem taken 24th July 2015|
|Specimen 55 as of today 24th May 2018|
|Specimen 55 taken on 2nd July 2017|
|Specimen "Albiflora" as of today 2018|
|July 7th 2016 - specimen Albiflora|
Tuesday 22nd May 2018 - Hutton Roof "Very first Atrorubens shoots"
This is a example I found yesterday (22nd May 2018) of the very first Epipactis atrorubens starting to come through. I have had up to 3 showing and they are at about 4" high. I can't be sure but expect perhaps they could be up to 10 days earlier this year. (a update of the same plant is also shown on the diary pages of the 28th May 2018)