Wednesday, 9 January 2019


I took this photo in 2012 and typical of what you expect of a atrorubens photo: B.Yorke  (Click over to enlarge)

"Flowers of a purple colour (both petal and sepal), flowers to two sides of the stem only, a purple stem, leaves opposite one another and at a sharp upright angle etc etc.  But things don't always turn out like that! so please carry on and read these pages and then you may (or may not find) norm even MORE fascinating" One thing is for sure IT IS A EVER CHANGING STORY.......OF BOTH DEVELOPMENT AND INTRIGUE.

These pages have been started to share with you my research notes together with regular reports of what is happening with the beautiful plants the "EPIPACTIS ATRORUBENS" and E. Helleborine's of what's going on at Hutton Roof Crags. I am currently collating all the information and including much more on a regular basis (more so during the Orchid season itself, so please keep coming back to check us out.   

It is such a pleasure to share with you photos and information and should you wish to contact me with questions or anything else please don't hesitate my email address is: or alternatively


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Hutton Roof Crags and it's Reserves - A Short history how it got it's status - together with how many orchids do we have  (complete)

***Help with the Identification of our nationally rare "hybrid" between the Dark Red Helleborine and  the Broad Leaved Helleborine

to include a sketch showing comparisons between atrorubens, helleborine and schmalhauseneii
also a mention of and samples of using denticulation as a "supportive!" aide with identification.


The four natural predators of our orchids  (complete)

Beware of Ticks (factsheets)

Lovely Plants - Straight Atrorubens


Lemon-Petalled Atroruben varieties (at least 2 varieties)


Albiflora (variety of atrorubens)  (complete)

Lutescens and Pallens (variety of atrorubens)

Plants with White or Cream Epichile/Boss etc

Variagated plants (variety of helleborine) (complete)

Chlorantha (variety of helleborine) (complete)

Purpurea (variety of helleborine)  (complete)

Westmorlandii (variety of helleborine) (complete)


Epipactis Schmalhauseneii (the hybrid itself)

includes: Specimen 8,9,9a,10,15,16,70
also resulting "weak twisted stem specimens which maybe F1"

Interesting plants to get to the bottom of

Unanswered situations
Interesting unusual specimens
Specimens still not classified and the verdict is out!

Cages and Protection for Orchids

Early Purple Orchid - Gallery (Hutton Roof)

Fly Orchid - Gallery (Hutton Roof)

Common Spotted Orchid - Gallery (Hutton Roof)

Green Winged Orchid - Gallery (Silverdale)

Diary Pages 2017

Diary Pages 2018

Diary Pages 2019 (in preparation)


My beloved Hutton Roof,
A special place for Epipactis and a place where
The straight forward has become the rarity
And the rarity has become the norm.

Rubens or Borines which do you want?
A Schmalhauseneii mix for you Sir!
Today can be the purple wash,
Tomorrow can be the green wash.

But we have some green ovary specials,
With a brownier flower to bear and stare,
Called No.9, 9a,9b,9c and so on and on and on
And away until they are gone!

We have some Lemon Petalled beauties,
Small, mediums and largest and blessed,
Green stems or purple stems we have the mix,
Stunning our pupil since 2014 that’s young

What about a Palens Ma’am,
In Lutescens mix or you can have a green cream flavour,
Both are staring “wimperley” but this is only part
Of a start of something far more special.

Here we have the very first on English soil I am told,
Called “Albiflora” and what a little gem it was
It lacks a lot of colour dear “Albi” green and  white,
I even looked through transparency at some of its sight!

Make a path to the bottom of this hill
Where flowers of purpurea live out their days,
It’s a sort of red wine colour they display some years,
Darker with canopy, lighter with sun.

To my North I can see a Helleborine change
Which is so pale and bright!
Often called a special or by name
Viridiflora’s sight.

(Poem I wrote July 2016)

Fly Orchid Gallery (Hutton Roof)

Thursday 7th June 2018 - Hutton Roof
  with Mike W (Newbiggin)
 checking out area No.10 "Fly Orchid"

A beautiful spike of about 12" 

A lovely variety of Fly Orchid found on the same spike (Click over to enlarge)

One of our garden views today

Wednesday 6th June 2018 - Hutton Roof East -
 Checking out No 4 "Fly Orchid" population 

Another of the Fly Orchids today
Tuesday 5th June 2018 - Hutton Roof "
Checking out No 6 "Fly Orchid" population (below)

Fly Orchid from No.6 site on Hutton Roof today (Click over to enlarge)
Sunday 3rd June 2018 - Hutton Roof
 "Surveying Fly Orchids" 1100hrs to 1400hrs

One of todays Fly Orchids Hutton Roof 
also more close up photo below

Saturday 2nd June 2018 - Hutton Roof
  "Surveying Fly Orchids" with Dr. Richard Bate

My survey brought even more orchids in to the records with a 50%
of the set out area covered increasing the tally on this side to 53 spikes.
 Some of these are fabulous patterns on them.

A wet Fly Orchid 

Fly Orchid on 2nd June 2018
Thursday 31st May 2018 - Hutton Roof 
with David Pitman (Fylde) FLY ORCHIDS

A bunch of Fly Orchids on Hutton Roof (Click to enlarge)

New populations of Fly Orchids on Hutton Roof

Monday, 7 January 2019


2019 photos

10th April 2019

Anacamptis morio (Green Winged Orchid) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Silverdale Lots 10th April 2019

Anacamptis morio (Green Winged Orchid) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Silverdale Lots 10th April 2019

8th April 2019 - Silverdale

20th May 2018 - Silverdale

8th May 2018 - Silverdale

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Diary pages for 2019



Sunday 17th June 2018 - Holme Stinted Pastures - both CSO and CSO x hybrids

Common Spotted Orchid - normal

Friday 15th June 2018 - Holme Stinted Pastures CSO and CSO Hybrids

Immediately across from this area and all other areas within about 300 yards radius 
will only show the regular CSO which are regular with white to light pink
similar to this particular specimen. However lying approx 400 yards further on that the
area above I have found yet another small area which shows some strange orchids which
I am currently seeking advice on. Here below are photos from that particular area

Tuesday 12th June 2018 - Below Park Wood

A group of 9 Common Spotted Orchids (Click over to enlarge)
a beautiful Common Spotted Orchid today (Click over to enlarge)

Saturday 9th June 2018 - Holme Park Fell

Very fine on the leaf markings and more deeper coloured on the flowers than normal