Sunday, 6 January 2019

Diary pages for 2019


Diary pages for Saturday 3rd August 2019


Here are some of this mornings special Epipactis photos. I am sorry about the quality, but it was very difficult to get access.













Diary page for Wednesday 31st July 2019 Hutton Roof Epipactis

Drastically dwindling! but still the odd photo or two.


Epipactis helleborine
Photo: Hutton Roof 31st July 2019



 Epipactis helleborine
Photo: Hutton Roof 31st July 2019
A lot of difference between the one above


Epipactis helleborine
Photo: Hutton Roof 31st July 2019


Epipactis helleborine
Photo: Hutton Roof 31st July 2019
Some insect has made its home in one of the helleborine leaves
pulling the leaf edges together with silky webs



Diary page for Sunday 28th July 2019 - Hutton Roof Epipactis



 Epipactis helleborine
Photo: 28th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

 Epipactis helleborine
Photo: 28th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

 Epipactis helleborine
Photo: 28th July 2019 - Hutton Roof



  Epipactis helleborine
Photo: 28th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

 Epipactis helleborine
Photo: 28th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

  Epipactis helleborine
Photo: 28th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

  Epipactis helleborine
Photo: 28th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

 Epipactis helleborine

Photo: 28th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

Diary page for Thursday 25th July 2019 - Hutton Roof Epipactis

I decided to make a start on quantifying the atrorubens for the area which I survey on Hutton Roof. I did manage to complete 50% but the heat was so strong today, I felt like I had enough by mid afternoon, so 50% still remains to do. So far counted in totals is: 272 Atrorubens (which includes 13 predated, also 11 hybrids and 4 pallens). I suspect we might be a little down on numbers this year. I would have expected a total of somewhere between 600 and 800 for this particular area of Hutton Roof, but hopefully over the next few days I will have the new totals. 

Here below are some of the photos from today:


Epipactis helleborine
Photo: 25th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

This is a absolute beauty which has lots of red/purple
on the petals and especially the epichile. 

Epipactis helleborine
Photo 25th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

This one is a very small specimen and comes up the same every year,
it is quite near to the 33 population


Epipactis helleborine
Photo: 25th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

This is a lovely specimen I have been watching
 and it's come through with plenty of red/purple 
on both the petals and especially
 around the epichile areas


Epipactis helleborine
Photo: 25th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

This is a lovely specimen I have been watching
 and it's come through with plenty of red/purple
 on both the petals and especially
 around the epichile areas



Epipactis helleborine
Photo: 25th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

Always comes through as such a large specimen with lovely
large helleborine leaves and good example of the spiralling.
Always a little late with the flowers opening, and this year
just covered in ants, see next picture for close up of spike.


Epipactis helleborine
Photo: 25th July 2019 - Hutton Roof


Epipactis helleborine
Photo: 25th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

This is a beautiful small helleborine, which is never more thanaround 12" high and is quite close 
to Escarp 13 (bicolor). It's such a little beauty


Epipactis helleborine
Photo: 25th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

This is a lovely helleborine, also pictured below.  I did manage to catch the pollinator at work - In fact all the pollinators I have seen so far this year 
on helleborines have been wasp


Epipactis helleborine
Photo: 25th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

This is a lovely helleborine, also pictured below.  I did manage to catch the pollinator at work -
 In fact all the pollinators I have seen so far
 this year on helleborines have been wasp


Epipactis helleborine
Photo: 25th July 2019 - Hutton Roof


Epipactis helleborine
Photo: 25th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

This is one of the larger helleborines which is in the 70s population. I mentioned yesterday that quite a lot of the helleborines in this area come through here with 
odd burn leaves. This one has come through 
with variagated leaves.



Another wasp pollinator in action on this large helleborine



Epipactis atrorubens var: Pallens No.6
Photo: Hutton Roof on 25th July 2019

This is another photo of the Pallens No.6 which
was only confirmed yesterday. A very late arrival
but certainly better late than never....


Diary page for Wednesday 24th July 2019 Hutton Roof Epipactis


I continued with my Broad Leaved Helleborine survey and now completed.  On my research area today I finished with a total of 132 which included 18 that had been predated. In fact at the last survey in 2017 I finished with a total of 136 which 88 were active and 48 predated.  So we have more or less got the same quantity, but done a lot better with non-predation numbers this year.  

Still finding one or two atrorubens, but not a lot on offer.

However! I did know about a Pallens which I found about two weeks ago but never mentioned it until now, but until it actually flowered I could not be too sure which it might have been, but now I can confirm it is our Pallens No.6 which I am pleased its come through again, and brings our Pallens up to 10 flowering this year. 

I don't know whether I will get around to surveying the quantity of atrorubens, will try to sort it later this week but just for today I thought I would count the schmalhauseneii area No. 17s and did manage the following: 6 confirmed hybrids, 52 atrorubens (some hybrids suspected in this number) plus 9 snipped.

I noted that when I was surveying the area 70's for the helleborines, lots of the plants were suffering with a burn to odd leaves, this has also been the case over the past 2/3 years so they are either diseased or I wonder if the area is a sort of sun trap and catching some of these leaves. Also today I am finding lots of plants throughout all areas which suffering with Black aphids together with their patrolling large ants.

Here are some of the photos from today:


Photo: 24th July 2019
A beautiful plant near to the 70s populations


Epipactis atrorubens
Photo: 24th July 2019


Epipactis atrorubens
Photo: 24th July 2019

Epipactis atrorubens
Photo: 24th July 2019
A bonny duo hidden at the base of a hazel tree

Black Aphids and ants on a helliborine
Photo: 24th July 2019

A beautiful helleborine

This is how close the different helleborines get, its no wonder we have hybrids!

Schmalhauseneii Specimen 17 nipped, but still managing some nice ovaries

More hybrid ovaries filling up

More hybrid ovaries filling on Schmal 17k


This is area near to the 17s and 70s and shows nice helleborines 


This is a beautiful light coloured helleborine


This is a beautiful light coloured helleborine


This is a beautiful light coloured helleborine


This is a beautiful light coloured helleborine


Schmalhauseneii 69

This is Pallens No.7 first found in 2017


This is Pallens No.7 first found in 2017


This is my regular call off for dinner place, looking across to the 9s populations
Lots of hybrids here!


Pallens 2
but maybe hybrid?


This is the rare hybrid No. 67


This is the rare hybrid No. 67


Diary page for Monday 22nd July 2019 Hutton Roof Epipactis

Exceptional winds today, but managed a few photos. The Black Aphids and their attendant ants are a absolute nuisance and somehow getting on lots of our little treasures.

The E.helleborines are now progressing nicely and lovely to still see plenty of plumes still intact and not succumb to the local deer or Brown hares.

The atrorubens are all but finished, you can still find the odd one which is still OK but getting few and far between!

Spent most of my time this afternoon surveying and mapping out and quantifying the E.helleborines and did manage to do 1/3rd of the study area with a result so far of 62 specimens (only counted specimens with full grown spikes or obvious predated spikes - my last full survey on 27th July 2017 I recorded 88 active and 48 predated - total of 136), so it looks like it is going to be a far better year....


Epipactis helleborine (Broad Leaved Helleborine) Click to enlarge
Photo: 22nd July 2019 - Hutton Roof



Epipactis helleborine (Broad Leaved Helleborine) Click to enlarge
Photo: 22nd July 2019 - Hutton Roof


Atrorubens variety the rare Pallens No 4 and 4a 
(Click over to enlarge)
Photo: 22nd July 2019
Have had their day and now
we want the swollen ovaries


Epipactis helleborine (Broad Leaved Helleborine) Click to enlarge
Photo: 22nd July 2019 - Hutton Roof
from specimen shown below

 Epipactis helleborine (Broad Leaved Helleborine)
 Click to enlarge
Photo: 22nd July 2019 - Hutton Roof


Epipactis helleborine (Broad Leaved Helleborine) Click to enlarge
Photo: 22nd July 2019 - Hutton Roof
Part canopy = slightly deeper tones

 Epipactis helleborine (Broad Leaved Helleborine) 
Click to enlarge
Photo: 22nd July 2019 - Hutton Roof
Part canopy = slightly deeper tones

 Our most beautiful Escarp 13 variant bicolor
Photo: 22nd July 2019 - Hutton Roof
Coming to a end - a most prized of all bicolors
also regarded as possible hybrid

 Epipactis helleborine (Broad Leaved Helleborine)
 Click to enlarge
Photo: 22nd July 2019 - Hutton Roof

 Epipactis helleborine (Broad Leaved Helleborine)
 Click to enlarge
Photo: 22nd July 2019 - Hutton Roof
Another with more canopy
 and giving a darker appearance

There are still one or two Atrorubens about and giving
this wasp pollinator it's pleasures


Epipactis atrorubens
22nd July 2019

Diary page for Thursday 18th July 2019 -
Hutton Roof Epipactis


Epipactis atrorubens var Pallens (click over to enlarge)
Photo: 18th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
Shows a close up of the flower

Epipactis atrorubens (click over to enlarge)
Photo: 18th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
shows full flower with limestone fern

Epipactis atrorubens (click over to enlarge)
Photo: 18th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
shows Inflorescence with limestone fern


Epipactis atrorubens (click over to enlarge)
Photo: 18th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
shows close up of flowers. 


Epipactis helleborine near 17s populations
Photo: 18th July 2019 - Hutton Roof


Area for checking out today

Epipactis atrorubens var Pallens
Photo: 18th July 2019 - Hutton Roof


Epipactis atrorubens var Pallens
Photo: 18th July 2019 - Hutton Roof


Epipactis atrorubens var Pallens
Photo: 18th July 2019 - Hutton Roof


Epipactis atrorubens
18th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

Epipactis atrorubens
18th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

Epipactis atrorubens
18th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

Epipactis atrorubens
18th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

Epipactis helleborine
Photo: 18th July 2019
Leaf compression

Epipactis helleborine
Photo: 18th July 2019
Leaf compression

Epipactis atrorubens
18th July 2019 - Hutton Roof


Epipactis atrorubens
18th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

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Diary page for Wednesday 17th July 2019 - Hutton Roof Epipactis


Epipactis atrorubens var bicolor - Dark Red Helleborine 
Photo: 17th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

This is a beautiful plant which I only found today whilst checking over the 55s populations. It looks stunning with it's 'bicolor' petals and even more interesting with the light epichile and boss.


Epipactis atrorubens ? - Dark Red Helleborine
Photo: 17th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

Another interesting plant is Specimen 37 (above), I see it on most days just as I enter the pavements, it stands out because it is the only light green stemmed in the vicinity. It leads me to believe that it could have some helleborine introgression. I have been keeping my eye on this one since 2015. It does come up annually. It stands at about 10" high and usually has around 13 flowers. It lies within a distance of 40ft from the nearest helleborine. 


 Epipactis helleborine - Broad Leaved Helleborine
Photo: 17th July 2019

On about half a dozen helleborines today they are just starting to open out from the bottom of the spike up


Epipactis atrorubens - Dark Red Helleborine var 'bicolor'
Photo: 17th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

This is a beautiful 'bicolor' variety which is coming up through the juniper within the 55 population. Check out the next photo which again shows a 'bicolor' in the same populations


Epipactis atrorubens - Dark Red Helleborine var 'bicolor'
Photo: 17th July 2019 - Hutton Roof


Epipactis atrorubens var bicolor - Dark Red Helleborine 
Photo: 17th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

This is a beautiful plant which I only found today whilst checking over the 55s populations. It looks stunning with it's 'bicolor' petals and even more interesting with the light epichile and boss.


Epipactis atrorubens var bicolor - Dark Red Helleborine 
Photo: 17th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

This is a beautiful plant which I only found today whilst checking over the 55s populations. It looks stunning with it's 'bicolor' petals and even more interesting with the light epichile and boss.


 Epipactis schmalhauseneii (hybrid)
Photo: 17th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

Cheeky Brown Hare, had already nipped two spikes up to yesterday and has now been back and nipped the third and remaining spike. I have nicknamed him (Brown Hare) "tickley chin" because he his bending his head over and down into the cage for at least 6" to be able to reach these to nip them off and must be scratching his chin on the chicken wire.  Well at least he has taken them away to hopefully eat them which does make a change, normally they just nip them and leave them to rot away (see photo further down). Next year will have a even taller cage and we will see how he goes on with that!! it is a pity he always wants the rare hybrid schmalhauseneii......


 Epipactis schmalhauseneii (hybrid) - 'bicolor' Spec Escarp 13
Photo: 17th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

Been waiting for this one which is Specimen Escarp 13 and it is a specimen with much vigour. It is a schmalhauseneii hybrid and also is with a 'bicolor' make up. I have watched this plant for several years, sadly last year he suffered premature dieback on account of the heatwave weather, and this year came through late and stunted, but thankfully he has made up for lost time with plenty of vigour and now stands at near the metre mark.


 Epipactis schmalhauseneii (hybrid) 'bicolor' Spec Esc 13
Photo: 17th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

See above for notes


 Epipactis schmalhauseneii - (hybrid) Specimen 17d (PMG) (bicolor)
17th July 2019 - Hutton Roof


 Epipactis schmalhauseneii - (hybrid) Specimen 17d (PMG) bicolor
17th July 2019 - Hutton Roof


 Epipactis schmalhauseneii (Hybrid) Specimen 17p
17th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

Up to today this was one of our prized hybrids (specimen 17p), but I see Mr. Brown Hare has been around overnight and again done his usual trick, just snips of the lovely flowerhead which is then left dangling to rot away....always doing this trick! 


Epipactis schmalhauseneii (Hybrid) - Specimen 69
Photo: 17th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

Here we have the lovely Specimen 69 Hybrid which I first found in 2016, a good typical helleborine influenced stem together with typical helleborine leaves spiralling around the stem. The area is just on the edge of mature woodland and he is surrounded with several helleborines. See below for close up of spike. 


Epipactis schmalhauseneii (Hybrid) - Specimen 69
Photo: 17th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
showing full inflorescence.


Epipactis schmalhauseneii (Hybrid) - Specimen 69
Photo: 17th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
Showing large helleborine like leaves surrounding the stem


Epipactis atrorubens var Pallens No.9
Photo: 17th July 2019 - Hutton Roof 

This is a rare variety "pallens" found today and will take the designation of No.9 (although we have records of up to 11).
This year we do have 9 specimens which have flowered successfully.

This one is slightly different and takes on a more insipid look to the specimen, also of note are the darker ovaries which you would normally get a light green on pallens, although this is not always the case! I have seen darker ovaries on a specimen before today. 

 Epipactis atrorubens var Pallens No.9
Photo: 17th July 2019 - Hutton Roof 


Epipactis atrorubens var Pallens No.9
Photo: 17th July 2019 - Hutton Roof 

Epipactis ?
Photo: 17th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
Leaf compression

Twice this week I have seen this happen (leaf compression) on two separate specimens, the other specimen is a small schmalhauseneii hybrid and lies about 200 yards from this one. 

At the base there are good solid atrorubens or schmal leaves and you see where the upper leaves have compressed into the rosette. 

Diary page for Tuesday 16th July 2019 - Hutton Roof Epipactis

Today I had a change and searched some of 'Uberash roughs' and found some cracking little places with lovely atrorubens and helleborines.

It's becoming clear that we are now on the run down with the atrorubens and I calculate perhaps 60% are now showing signs of being very dry and that they are going over quickly now, but we still have a few which look well. 


A beauty Epipactis atrorubens (Dark Red Helleborine)
Photo: 16th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
Stunning epichile


 This is the area today on Uberash Roughs, and shows the fragmented limestone


Epipactis atrorubens - Dark Red Helleborine
Photo: Hutton Roof 16th July 2019

 Epipactis atrorubens - Dark Red Helleborine
Photo: Hutton Roof 16th July 2019

Epipactis atrorubens - Dark Red Helleborine
Photo: Hutton Roof 16th July 2019

 A beauty Epipactis atrorubens (Dark Red Helleborine)
Photo: 16th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
Stunning epichile

A beauty Epipactis atrorubens (Dark Red Helleborine)
Photo: 16th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

Stunning epichile


A beauty Epipactis atrorubens (Dark Red Helleborine)
Photo: 16th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

Stunning epichile

Diary page for Monday 15th July 2019 - Hutton Roof Epipactis


Epipactis schmalhauseneii - Hybrid - Click over to enlarge
Photo: 15th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
Specimen 17d (PMG)


Epipactis schmalhauseneii - Hybrid - Click over to enlarge
Photo: 2017 Hutton Roof
To show comparison of closed hyperchile back in 2017 and still retained today.


This is our very special specimen 17d (PMG) which was a trio in 2017, but in 2018 the plants were predated.  This year the plant has come up well but only has a single plant.

It has a colour of its very own but much darker this year, and what makes it even more special is that the epichile and bosses are cream colour to each individual flower.  Not only that some of the flowers are still the wrong way around as you can see in the following photos, but also together with two of the flowers the hyperchile has not opened, I have checked a past photo from 2017 (which I will put under this photo) and you see within this photo that even back then in 2017 one of the flowers had this closed hyperchile problem. 


Epipactis schmalhauseneii - Hybrid - Click over to enlarge
Photo: 15th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
Shows the full flowering spike
Specimen 17d (PMG)

Epipactis schmalhauseneii - Hybrid - Click over to enlarge
Photo: 15th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
Shows from the back of the plant with two flowers still upright.
Specimen 17d (PMG)

Epipactis schmalhauseneii - Hybrid - Click over to enlarge
Photo: 15th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
This shows a closer photo of the hyperchile which has not opened (there are 2)
Specimen 17d (PMG)

Epipactis schmalhauseneii - Hybrid - Click over to enlarge
Photo: 15th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
Showing spiralling leaves etc
Specimen 17d (PMG)

Epipactis schmalhauseneii - Hybrid - Click over to enlarge
Photo: 15th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
Specimen 17d (PMG)


Epipactis schmalhauseneii - Hybrid - Click over to enlarge
Photo: 15th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
Specimen 17d (PMG)

Epipactis schmalhauseneii - Hybrid - Click over to enlarge
Photo: 15th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
This shows two of the flowers with closed hyperchiles
Specimen 17d (PMG)



Epipactis schmalhauseneii - Hybrid - Click over to enlarge
Photo: 15th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
Specimen 17d (PMG)


Epipactis schmalhauseneii - Hybrid - Click over to enlarge
Photo: 15th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
Shows full plant
Specimen 17d (PMG)

Epipactis atrorubens ? Dark Red Helleborine Spec 37
Photo: 15th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
The beautiful little light green stalked one as you enter the fell


Epipactis atrorubens var 'bicolor'called Escarp 13
Photo: Hutton Roof on 15th July 2019
suffered early dieback last year on account of heatwave weather

Epipactis atrorubens var 'bicolor' called Escarp 13
Photo: Hutton Roof on 15th July 2019
suffered early dieback last year on account of heatwave weather
Shows the bottom flowers (bicolor)


Epipactis atrorubens var 'bicolor' called Escarp 13
Photo: Hutton Roof on 15th July 2019
suffered early dieback last year on account of heatwave weather
Shows the bottom stem and leaf structure

Epipactis atrorubens var 'bicolor' called Escarp 13
Photo: Hutton Roof on 15th July 2019
suffered early dieback last year on account of heatwave weather
Shows a closeup of the flowers


Epipactis helleborine (Broad Leaved Helleborine)
Photo: 15th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
Last year the flower developed into a 'bicolor' but of course within Helleborine,
although I can now confirm in 2019 it has turned out normal and not bicolor


Epipactis helleborine - our first flower today


Epipactis atrorubens - Dark Red Helleborine
Photo: 15th July 2019 - Hutton Roof.
This beautiful purple colour is now coming through on several specimens


Epipactis atrorubens - Dark Red Helleborine
Photo: 15th July 2019 - Hutton Roof.
This beautiful purple colour is now coming through on several specimens

Specimen 74 Epipactis atrorubens var 'bicolor' - Dark Red Helleborine
Photo: 15th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
Premature dieback last year because of heatwave, come through
this year has a pair but both much stunted


Epipactis helleborine - showing spiral leafing
One of the best examples to show both helleborine shaped leaves
and obvious helleborine spiralling up the green stem

var: Pallens - Rich M
Photo: 15th July 2019 - Hutton Roof


Another diary page (2nd) for Saturday 13th July 2019 - Hutton Roof Epipactis (the remainder of yesterdays photos:


Epipactis schmalhauseneii specimen No.11
Photo: 13th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

This is Specimen No.11 which lies central to the 9s population, I have recorded this first generation schmalhauseneii now since 2014. It is a very tall plant to one metre and heavily laden with deep purple flowers which you can see in the photo below.


Epipactis schmalhauseneii specimen No.11
Photo: 13th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
Shows the leaves and stem of specimen 11


Epipactis schmalhauseneii specimen No.11
Photo: 13th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
Shows the lovely deep red/purple flowers

 Epipactis atrorubens - Dark Red Helleborine
Photo: 13th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

This is a beautiful little light small atrorubens, it is a little bit too coloured for what I would call a pallens. It still looks so interesting with the light stem and especially the light ovaries, I am again sure it is from the Specimen 9 gene pool, which if correct would lead to a introgression from helleborine (hybrid)


Another beautiful atrorubens from the 9s population area

 Another beautiful atrorubens from the 9s population area


 Another beautiful atrorubens from the 9s population area

Another beautiful atrorubens from the 9s population area

 Another beautiful atrorubens from the 9s population area


Atrorubens var Pallens (No.9s population)

 Another beautiful atrorubens from the 9s population area


  Another beautiful atrorubens from the 9s population area


 Atrorubens var Pallens (No.9s population)


Epipactis atrorubens var Lutescens No.1
Photo: 13th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

 Epipactis atrorubens var Lutescens No.1
Photo: 13th July 2019 - Hutton Roof




Diary page for Saturday 13th July 2019 - Hutton Roof Epipactis atrorubens (here is half the rest tomorrow.

Showing two gentlemen the four Pallens which I found on 10th July 2019 (included two new ones), today was measuring day eg: colour coding the yellows, and checking the height etc etc.  Then a quick check on all the 55 populations, some belters this year.  The Pallens 7 (Rich M) is out again and doing well (see photos below), also two schmals near the boulder 55 pop, then went over to population 15,15a,15b and 15d and all have spikes have been nipped off by Brown Hare, can't believe it they were caged with additional chicken wire at the top and he popped his head over the top and reached down 8" to nip them off. Next year taller cages!!

Then moved over to check populations 9s,11s and later 17s, thats enough for a day.

Lots of lovely butterflies included: Grayling, Dark Green Fritillaries, Meadow Browns, Ringlets......

SOME SUPERB SPECIMENS COMING TOMORROW...


Epipactis atrorubens var Pallens (Rich M)
Photo: Hutton Roof 13th July 2019


Epipactis atrorubens var Pallens (Rich M)
Photo: Hutton Roof 13th July 2019

Epipactis atrorubens var Pallens (Rich M)
Photo: Hutton Roof 13th July 2019

Epipactis atrorubens var Pallens (Rich M)
Photo: Hutton Roof 13th July 2019
Showing at the side of a beautiful bicolor variant 

Variant 'bicolor' Specimen 66
Photo taken 13th July 2019

Epipactis schmalhauseneii (hybrid)
Photo: 13th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

Epipactis schmalhauseneii (hybrid)
Photo: 13th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

Epipactis atrorubens
Photo: 13th July 2019 - Hutton Roof 


Epipactis atrorubens var: bicolor - specimen 66
Photo: 13th July 2019 - Hutton Roof 



Epipactis atrorubens var: bicolor - 55 area
Photo: 13th July 2019 - Hutton Roof 



 Epipactis atrorubens var: bicolor - 55 area
Photo: 13th July 2019 - Hutton Roof 



Epipactis atrorubens var: bicolor - 55 area
Photo: 13th July 2019 - Hutton Roof 

Epipactis atrorubens- 55 area
Photo: 13th July 2019 - Hutton Roof 


Epipactis atrorubens- 55 area
Photo: 13th July 2019 - Hutton Roof 


 Epipactis atrorubens- 55 area
Photo: 13th July 2019 - Hutton Roof 


Epipactis atrorubens- 55 area a lovely quartet
Photo: 13th July 2019 - Hutton Roof 

Epipactis atrorubens- 55 area
Photo: 13th July 2019 - Hutton Roof 

 Epipactis atrorubens- 55 area
Photo: 13th July 2019 - Hutton Roof 

Epipactis atrorubens- 55 area
Photo: 13th July 2019 - Hutton Roof 

Epipactis schmalhauseneii (hybrid)
Photo: 13th July 2019 Hutton Roof

Epipactis schmalhauseneii (hybrid)

Photo: 13th July 2019 Hutton Roof

MORE PHOTOS TO SHOW TOMORROW

Diary page for Thursday 11th July 2019 - Hutton Roof Epipactis atrorubens

Checking specimen 66 and could not resist another look on Pallens 5a, then over to specimen 17 and 70 population areas.....

Today I wanted to check out some of our schmalhauseneii specimens (hybrids) which populate the 17 area, it's one of the better areas which has been subject to hybrid swarming and houses some of the 1st generation hybrids.  You also feel that some of our regular atrorubens have very large leaves for that particular species and at times you think they may have some helleborine introgression, although most of these do not have any of the leaf spiralling evidence. The area also has always had some hyperchromic specimens, but this year in particular there seem to have been more 'red/purple' influences throughout. 


New found Pallens specimen 5a (Epipactis atrorubens - Dark Red Helleborine)
11th July 2019

from the 33 population Epipactis atrorubens?
Photo: 11th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

The most beautiful Specimen 66 (variety 'bicolor' on green stem)
Lots of history on this one for several years
Photo: 11th July 2019


New found Pallens specimen 5a (Epipactis atrorubens - Dark Red Helleborine)
11th July 2019

New found Pallens specimen 5a (Epipactis atrorubens - Dark Red Helleborine)
11th July 2019

New found pallens 4a (Epipactis atrorubens) - Dark Red Helleborine
Photo: 11th July 2019

New found pallens 4a (Epipactis atrorubens) - Dark Red Helleborine
Photo: 11th July 2019

New found pallens 4a (Epipactis atrorubens) - Dark Red Helleborine
Photo: 11th July 2019


Epipactis schmalhauseneii -  Specimen 17d (or PMG)
Photo: 11th July 2019
Slow this year, was a trio which suffered dieback and only one of the trio has come through but much delayed - but better late than never!
The next to the bottom flower is upside down, and this is within its general make up
just like it was in 2017 when PMG found it....

Epipactis schmalhauseneii -  Specimen 17d (or PMG)
Photo: 11th July 2019
Slow this year, was a trio which suffered dieback and only one of the trio has come through but much delayed - but better late than never!


Just showing the rosette to Schmal 17d shown above
Excellent example of spiralling leaves shown here
Photo: 11th July 2019

A beautiful dark trio found in the 17s territory
Most of the stuff in this particular area is hybrid (schmalhauseneii) it's a area which is regarded as being familiar to HYBRID SWARMING....Although in this case of this group the jury is still out.
Photo: 11th July 2019

Just beautiful sight of the epichile and boss
Photo: 11th July 2019

First time for a few years Specimen Schmalhauseneii No. 17k has been able to flower without actually being predated prior to flowering. This is a first generation and shows another good example of leaf spiralling.
Photo: 11th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

First time for a few years Specimen Schmalhauseneii No. 17k has been able to flower without actually being predated prior to flowering. This is a first generation and shows another good example of leaf spiralling.
Photo: 11th July 2019 - Hutton Roof

This is a strange one! but also a little beauty - Epipactis atrorubens?
though very much compressed leaves, the leaves in past years have always shown to be very vigorous and so big for the stature of the plant, I do suspect introgression here from Helleborine though at the moment still labelling 'undecided'. From the 17s populations

This is a strange one! but also a little beauty - Epipactis atrorubens?
though very much compressed leaves, the leaves in past years have always shown to be very vigorous and so big for the stature of the plant, I do suspect introgression here from Helleborine though at the moment still labelling 'undecided' From the 17s populations

This is a beautiful Epipactis atrorubens ? (Dark Red Helleborine) from the 17s population
Again not 100% on this I do think it shows traits of helleborine introgression
Photo: 11th July 2019

Epipactis schmalhauseneii (Hybrid) Specimen No.17
Photo: 11th July 2019
Has a sort of browny red look about it which really comes out against the light stem

Epipactis schmalhauseneii from the 17s population and by now usually predated
delayed and taking on a late entry window this year
They don't always need to have a light green stem!!

Nice but never straight forward Epipactis atrorubens?
from the Population 70 area
Photo: 11th July 2019

Nice but never straight forward Epipactis atrorubens?
from the Population 70 area
Photo: 11th July 2019

Nice but never straight forward Epipactis atrorubens?
from the Population 70 area
Photo: 11th July 2019


Why on earth does Mr. Brown Hare do this!!! I see this behaviour everyday during the orchid season, when he goes up to orchids and just bites through them and leaves them there to rot away without even bothering to eat them!!

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Diary page for Wednesday 10th July 2019 - Hutton Roof Epipactis atrorubens

Today seemed extroadinary! I went along to check on my Pallens Specimen No.4 (single plant) and guess what?  I was taken back to find four separate pallens specimens had taken over a 20ft diameter area.  Pallens original Specimen No.4  is a older one which I found a couple of years ago, which has come through again and quite close to a new smaller one (now called 4b), and only a couple of yards from them we have Pallens 5 which I found last year when only a feeble specimen and again another new one which will be called Pallens 5a


Epipactis atrorubens var Pallens No.4 and 4a (click over to enlarge)
Photo: Hutton Roof and found today 10th July 2019

Epipactis atrorubens var Pallens No.5b (click over to enlarge)
Photo: Hutton Roof and found today 10th July 2019

I think this one is something really special and just like the established 5 is unusual in that it does not have any red spotting on the under sepal/petal and epichile and bosses as we have come to expect and just like all the other pallens have, although there is a red staining on the sepals. Noting the small sizes of these two plants I guess they might just fill the bill for variety 'Lutescens' although for now I am keeping them in the 'pallens' fold.....


Epipactis atrorubens var Pallens No.5 (click over to enlarge)
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Diary page for 8th July 2019 - Hutton Roof Epipactis atrorubens


Epipactis atrorubens var bicolor (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: 8th July 2019


Epipactis schmalhauseneii (hybrid) - Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof 8th July 2019
Shows a good example of spiralling leaves
Specimen 17k (1st generation)


Epipactis schmalhauseneii (hybrid) - Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof 8th July 2019
Shows a good example of spiralling leaves
Specimen 17k (1st generation)

Epipactis schmalhauseneii (hybrid) - Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof 8th July 2019
Shows a good example of light green stem and spiralling leaves
Specimen from population 17 area.








Epipactis schmalhauseneii (hybrid) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof on 8th July 2019
Lovely specimen which was a "albiflora" back in 2016
from the area of Population No.55
absolutely incredible to try and understand just how this transformation
took place




Epipactis atrorubens? Dark Red Helleborine (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Hutton Roof on 8th July 2019
From the 17s population

Epipactis atrorubens? Dark Red Helleborine (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Hutton Roof on 8th July 2019
From the 17s population


Epipactis atrorubens var: bicolor (Dark Red Helleborine) Click over to enlarge
Photo: 8th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
Specimen from the 17s populations

Epipactis schmalhauseneii (hybrid) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof on 8th July 2019
Specimen 17k

Epipactis schmalhauseneii (hybrid) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof on 8th July 2019
Specimen 17k showing helleborine type leaves spiralling




Epipactis schmalhauseneii (hybrid) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof on 8th July 2019
from the Specimen17s populations

Epipactis schmalhauseneii (hybrid) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof on 8th July 2019
from the Specimen17s populations


Epipactis schmalhauseneii (hybrid) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof on 8th July 2019
Specimen 17 full plant


Epipactis schmalhauseneii (hybrid) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof on 8th July 2019
Specimen 17 showing flowers


Epipactis atrorubens (Dark Red Helleborine) Click over to enlarge
Photo: 8th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
Specimen from the 17s populations



Epipactis atrorubens (Dark Red Helleborine) Click over to enlarge
Photo: 8th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
Specimen from the 17s populations

Epipactis schmalhauseneii (hybrid) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof on 8th July 2019
from the 17s population

Epipactis schmalhauseneii (hybrid) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof on 8th July 2019
from the 17s population


Epipactis schmalhauseneii (hybrid) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof on 8th July 2019
from the 17s population (hybrid swarming area)


Epipactis schmalhauseneii (hybrid) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof on 8th July 2019
from the 17s population (hybrid swarming area)



Epipactis atrorubens (Dark Red Helleborine) Click over to enlarge
very old first generation from the 9s and 11s populations
Hutton Roof on 8th July 2019




Epipactis atrorubens var Pallens (Dark Red Helleborine) No. 9a
8th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
Lots of history with this one and possible Schmal hybrid but for now
stay with atrorubens pallens
showing far more red in epichile this year


Epipactis atrorubens var Pallens (Dark Red Helleborine) No. 9a
8th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
Lots of history with this one and possible Schmal hybrid but for now
stay with atrorubens pallens
showing far more red in epichile and petals this year


Epipactis atrorubens var Pallens (Dark Red Helleborine) No. 9a
8th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
Lots of history with this one and possible Schmal hybrid but for now
stay with atrorubens pallens
showing far more red in epichile and petals this year


Epipactis schmalhauseneii (hybrid) Click over to enlarge
8th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
This is our Specimen No. 11 (1st generation - very tall and robust plant)
been monitoring since 2014


Epipactis schmalhauseneii (hybrid) Click over to enlarge
8th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
This is our Specimen No. 11 (1st generation - very tall robust)
been monitoring since 2014
showing close up of flowers, always a deep colour against light green


Epipactis atrorubens ? Dark Red Helleborine (Click over to enlarge)
8th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
thought to be a second generation from original Specimen 9 closeby family.
for now stick with atrorubens but possible hybrid
within striking distance (10ft) of the main 9s populations which
quite a few of them are of this build and colour and they are
without doubt E. Schmalhauseneii (hybrid)


Epipactis atrorubens ? Dark Red Helleborine (Click over to enlarge)
8th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
thought to be a second generation from original Specimen 9 close by family.
although for now stick with atrorubens - possible hybrid
within striking distance (10ft) of the main 9s populations which
quite a few of them are of this build and colour and they are

without doubt E. Schmalhauseneii (hybrid)


Epipactis atrorubens ? Dark Red Helleborine (Click over to enlarge)
8th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
thought to be a second generation from original Specimen 9 closeby family.
for now stick with atrorubens - possible hybrid


Epipactis atrorubens ? Dark Red Helleborine (Click over to enlarge)
8th July 2019 - Hutton Roof
thought to be a second generation from original Specimen 9 closeby family.
for now stick with atrorubens - possible hybrid



Epipactis atrorubens var bicolor (Dark Red Helleborine var bicolor)
A very light variety and interesting, but at the same time
 too much colour for Pallans considerations.
Photo: Hutton Roof 9th July 2019



Epipactis atrorubens (Dark Red Helleborine)
Photo: 8th July 2019 Hutton Roof
Very unusual split stemmed specimen
it's never appeared on this spot in previous (over the past 5 years) for that matter
I have never seen one before anywhere.....


Epipactis atrorubens (Dark Red Helleborine)
Photo: 8th July 2019 Hutton Roof
Very unusual split stemmed specimen
it's never appeared on this spot in previous (over the past 5 years) for that matter
I have never seen one before anywhere.....


Epipactis atrorubens (Dark Red Helleborine)
Photo: 8th July 2019 Hutton Roof
Very unusual split stemmed specimen
it's never appeared on this spot in previous (over the past 5 years) for that matter
I have never seen one before anywhere.....

Epipactis atrorubens (Dark Red Helleborine)
Photo: 8th July 2019 Hutton Roof
Very unusual split stemmed specimen
it's never appeared on this spot in previous (over the past 5 years) for that matter
I have never seen one before anywhere.....


Epipactis atrorubens var 'bicolor' (Dark Red Helleborine) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof 8th July 2019
Seen within 3ft of the previous split stem specimen directly above


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Diary page for 6th July 2019 - Hutton Roof Epipactis atrorubens

Again today a nice selection of both schmalhauseneii hybrids and variants on offer.  More are being discovered daily with nice surprises everyday. 


Epipactis atrorubens (Dark Red Helleborine) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof on 6th July 2019 
A very pale variety but not pallid enough for pallens


 Epipactis atrorubens var 'bicolor' (Dark Red Helleborine) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof on 6th July 2019 
Shows a beautiful 'bicolor' form of which we do have a number 


Epipactis atrorubens (Dark Red Helleborine) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof on 6th July 2019 
Shows a beautiful 'bicolor' form of which we do have a number 


Epipactis atrorubens (Dark Red Helleborine) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof on 6th July 2019
This is compression of leaves to the base of the plant

Epipactis atrorubens (Dark Red Helleborine) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof on 6th July 2019
A lovely specimen with a keeled epichile

Epipactis atrorubens (Dark Red Helleborine) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof on 6th July 2019


 Epipactis atrorubens (Dark Red Helleborine) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof on 6th July 2019


Epipactis atrorubens (Dark Red Helleborine) Click over to enlarge

Photo: Hutton Roof on 6th July 2019

Diary page for 5th July 2019 - Hutton Roof Epipactis

Today it was great at first but it didn't take long for the sun to come out and the wind to get up which made it difficult to take photos, but we did get one or two.  

This year although we are suffering and have lost lots of specials due to last years heatwave, we are this year still getting plenty of nice specimens coming through, one thing I have especially noticed is that we have got a lot more of the 'hyperchromic' specimens which we have not had in a while!

Also what I have already seen of a couple of pallens, they are showing more red pigment this year within their epichiles and bosses. It makes you wonder if the heatwave or lack of water last year has caused some effect within the make up for this year.  


A very rare Epipactis atrorubens (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Hutton Roof 5th July 2019

Until today never ever seen a split spike on a atrorubens before - more photos further down.


 Epipactis atrorubens (click over to enlarge)
Photo: Hutton Roof 5th July 2019

This shows all the marks of a new schmalhauseneii hybrid and I have made notes of the gps etc. Its light form already looks like it is following the line of family 9s........ we shall have to wait and see. 



















Absolutely gorgeous specimen

Diary page for 4th July 2019 - Hutton Roof Epipactis














This is Specimen 9a which is a very green plant and considered to be a "pallens"
although this year it is showing far more red on the epichile and bosses. The area is designated the 9 (nine) family with several plants also showing this similar green look.


How on earth can this plant have changed from how it looked back on 7th July 2016 (albi) on left hand side, to how it looks today on 4th July 2019 on the right hand side. I have kept the plant caged in the same spot for 3 years, in 2017,2018 it only grew to large seedling status with no floret. This year its come through OK, but showing as a light green stemmed atrorubens!!!!


Diary page for 2nd July 2019 - Hutton Roof Epipactis


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Photo: Hutton Roof 2nd July 2019


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Specimen 33a and 33b
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Photo: Hutton Roof 2nd July 2019

Suspected to be from the 33 family of which specimen 33 lies within one metre of these two and they do show very similar make-up in size, general profiling and obviously bicolor flowers. They lie at the base of a hazel tree. It is thought that these specimens may well be hybrids but this as yet to be confirmed and until then they retain the title of atrorubens var 'bicolor' 


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Diary pages for 1st July 2019 - Hutton Roof Epipactis





 This to me looks very much like the Specimen 15 family spin off and is only within 10ft of the suspect parent. I have watched this over the last two years and this year looks interesting.





 A lovely atrorubens found today and for us on Hutton Roof it can be
called 'hyperchomic'





Epipactis atrorubens - a new one found today and very very interesting!



It is definately atrorubens but might just be something really special
Photo: Hutton Roof today 1st July 2019

Diary pages for 28th June 2019 - Hutton Roof
Epipactis





Today I decided to check out some of the Orchids, one or two more had opened up and it was hard to photograph because of the sunshine, but I did manage one or two:








Diary pages for 26th June 2019 - Hutton Roof
Epipactis


Our first atrorubens of the year........


Epipactis atrorubens (Dark Red Helleborine) Click over to enlarge
This was the first one I found so far in almost full flower. A lovely specimen showing much varietal form of 'bicolor' eg both red and yellow
Photo: Hutton Roof 26th June 2019


Epipactis atrorubens (Dark Red Helleborine) Click over to enlarge
This was the first one I found so far in almost full flower. A lovely specimen showing much varietal form of 'bicolor' eg both red and yellow
Photo: Hutton Roof 26th June 2019



Epipactis atrorubens Click over to enlarge
This is Specimen No.33a and is a member of the Specimen No.33 family. The main No.33 lies only a short distance away. Only two flowers have yet opened although you can see both are already showing the 'bicolor'
Photo: Hutton Roof 26th June 2019

Epipactis atrorubens Click over to enlarge

This is Specimen No.33a and is a member of the Specimen No.33 family. The main No.33 lies only a short distance away. Only two flowers have yet opened although you can see both are already showing the 'bicolor'
Photo: Hutton Roof 26th June 2019


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Diary page for Thr 20th June 2019 - Hutton Roof epipactis

Our orchids are just about holding on this year and it will be very interesting just to see how things are going to turn out, but again today I have found out that we have lost my very first Schmalhauseneii hybrid Specimen No. 1 which has given up the ghost and not even tried to come through.  Although considering it has completed 6 previous years I guess we cannot complain, because hybrids I have noticed rarely get passed this age anyway and the stronger plants like hybrids etc are prone to problems especially after severe drought situations. 

Here is a couple of shots for you of one of our atrorubens coming on nicely, this may turn out to be a very special orchid!







Diary page for Sat 15th June 2019 - Hutton Roof

Today I wanted to check out some of the Orchids which we have on Hutton Roof, to check their progress.  With the majority they are coming through OK but most of the larger specimens seem stunted or well behind where they should be by now, so I don't expect any miracles this year. But I am sure there will be plenty to study as the weeks go on.  I am sure it will be another fortnight before we see any flowers.

For today I would like to highlight our specimen No.9a which has come up every year since my first observations on it in 2015 although last year unfortunately it was taken down by predation.  It has always shown as a very pallid form and is in the good company of the No.9 population in which there are several which may take on this rather special pallid form.

Specimen No.9a Epipactis atrorubens var: pallens  (click over to enlarge)
Photo: taken at Hutton Roof on 17th July 2015

Specimen No.9a Epipactis atrorubens var: pallens  (click over to enlarge)
Photo: taken at Hutton Roof on 8th July 2017


Specimen No.9a Epipactis atrorubens var: pallens  (click over to enlarge)
Photo: taken at Hutton Roof on 8th July 2017


Specimen No.9a Epipactis atrorubens var: pallens  (click over to enlarge)
Photo: taken at Hutton Roof on 15th June 2019

Specimen No.9a Epipactis atrorubens var: pallens  (click over to enlarge)
Photo: taken at Hutton Roof on 15th June 2019

Now then what is so interesting about this particular plant is that it shows no red in the base stem or basal leaf, which is so unusual, although sometimes the flowers on this specimen can show more red than usual.


Generally I have found that in all pallen forms it is usual to get some sort of atrorubens (red) influence somewhere on the plant and in 99 times out of one hundred it would show in the base stem and basal leaf, but here we have a exception to the rule, which makes it so much more interesting for the study.


Here below is another very interesting plant which is known as Specimen Lutescens No.1 which I found back in 2014 and it has been successful each year since. It again is yet another sort of 'pallid' form and never seems to grow much above 10" in height. It has a bicolor look about it in that the petals are a lemony yellow colour and the sepals are more of a reddish wash colour along with the ovary and stem also being darker, but what is rather striking about this specimen is the cream epichile and bosses, before I do show today's photo let me show you how it has looked back in 2014 which has not changed much in appearance up to last year.

Epipactis atrorubens var: Lutescens (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Hutton Roof 2014


Epipactis atrorubens var: Lutescens (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Hutton Roof 15th June 2019

And here below is yet another one of our orchids which looks like it may be OK this year......






Diary page for Sunday 9th June 2019 - Hutton Roof


Specimen 33 Epipactis schmalhauseneii (Epipactis atrorubens x helleborine) (Dark Red Helleborine x Broad Leaved Helleborine)

This is one of our regulars Specimen 33 which is thought to be a hybrid. It is also rather special because the past few years have shown it mature with a white (or light) epichile and boss.  There are several more atrorubens (or even hybrids) which are in the immediate area which are thought to be offspring from this very plant.  Below are two plants almost in tandam which lie (within inches) just to the left of Specimen 33 and all within the shadow of a small hazel tree


Epipactis atrorubens - possibly related to Specimen 33
Photo: Hutton Roof on 9th June 2019


Specimen Schalhauseneii 15,15a,15b - all suspect hybrids
Photo: Hutton Roof 9th June 2019

The suspected Schmalhauseneii specimens 15,15a and 15b have again had their cage provided, because everytime they come through they seem to be get brought down by the Brown Hare and he waits until they are with full spike, so I am trying to preserve them. Although we cannot blame the old Hare for last years outcome!

You can see the specimens are far from their normal size which by now should have been about 10" tall, and this is because they like so many others were brought down last year half way through their early growth and left to dieback. This was the outcome caused directly through lack of water (draught situation) during May and June 2018. Like others they are coming through now but rather stunted growth showing at the moment. I hopefully will be able to post later.


Specimen Escarp 13 - Epipactis atrorubens (bicolor)
Photo: Hutton Roof 9th June 2019

Since my last report it's really good news with this specimen. I reported that I had found no evidence of Escarp 13, but today that's all changed by noticing a small shoot starting to develop but much stunted at the moment. You can actually see the last three years old spikes showing.

Its a lovely plant, which is one of the tallest of 'lempets (bicolor)" it would under normal conditions grow to about 30" and can bear up to 40 (bicolor) flowers


Specimen 74 Epipactis atrorubens (bicolor)
Photo: Hutton Roof on 9th June 2019

Again it's more good news after my last report, with today being able to confirm that our lovely Specimen 74 has come through along with a new partner! The shoots look so dark at the moment and there is no problem identifying to which genus they belong, but again the plant is much stunted in growth compared to its normal at this time of year which would be about 8" in growth.

A special 'bicolor' specimen of about 15" height and bearing 18 flowers/buds with lemon petalled and red sepals. It also bears a white (or light form) epichile and bosses. 


Specimen Escarp 8 - Epipactis atrorubens var: pallens
Hutton Roof 9th June 2019

Even more good news! today I did manage to find one of our special "pallens" starting to come through OK - Escarp No.8
Another lost last year part way through early growth, so fingers crossed this year.


Epipactis helleborine (Broad Leaved Helleborine) (light flower variant)
Photo: Hutton Roof on 9th June 2019

 This beauty above is a light form of Broad Leaved Helleborine and already today it stands at about 18" tall, at this stage I cannot say whether it is chlorantha until it actually flowers, but certainly leaning that way.  But sadly the last two years it has fallen victim to either Roe deer or Brown Hare.  So today I did have a spare cage lying about and decided to cage it in the hopes the plant may reach maturity. Check out plant above and below

Epipactis helleborine (Broad Leaved Helleborine) (light flower variant)
Photo: Hutton Roof on 9th June 2019


Diary page for Wednesday 5th June 2019 - Hutton Roof
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Here is Specimen 11b and 11c - Schmalhauseneii
Photo: Hutton Roof on 5th June 2019

A fine specimen No.11 - Schmalhauseneii
Photo: Hutton Roof on 5th June 2019

Epipactis helleborine (variagated)
Photo: Hutton Roof on 5th June 2019



I did a quick check over to see just how many of our prized specimens have survived last years draught summer.  I can now confirm that we have lost at least 10 prized specimens, but I guess we have got away lightly with just 10 because far more than that went down early last year (probably 20 plus). 


Sadly this is a collage of our main losses for this year following the draught summer of 2018

Top: Specimen 15c - a schmalhauseneii which had 62 buds or flowers - a record in any atrorubens language, then next it shows 17d,e,f which are a brown coloured lemon petalled with white epichile and bosses, only one out of the 3 now survive, next is the very first lemon-petalled which is the longest established lempet on this part of Hutton Roof.  And finally on the top row is a beautiful Pallens which was called Specimen Escarp No.8
Bottom: The first is our Chlorantha No.1 (Helleborine), next is Specimen 74 which was a beauty of a lempet with light epichile and bosses, then Specimen Escarp 13 which was our tallest lemon-petalled, and finally Specimen No.8 which was a Schmalhauseneii hybrid.

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Saturday 18th May 2019 - Hutton Roof

And now I moved on and checked out our E.atrorubens (Dark Red Helleborines and E.helleborine (Broad Leaved Helleborine) orchids.  Some of them are now showing and were about 3" high, but a lot of them were still not showing. Maybe I should be a little concerned in that the ones not showing are the ones that suffered last year from the draught and were killed off part way through their early day growth, so I guess its a wait and see period over the coming 10 days. It might just be they need a little longer.  But here are a few photos:

Epipactis atrorubens Specimen 11 (Dark Red Helleborine) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof 18th May 2019

Epipactis atrorubens (Dark Red Helleborine) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof 18th May 2019

 Epipactis atrorubens (Dark Red Helleborine) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof 18th May 2019


 Epipactis atrorubens (Dark Red Helleborine) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof 18th May 2019


Its hard to believe that this particular plant was the rare albiflora back in 2016 which had previously produced such a stunning flowers. 

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 Epipactis helleborine var: variegated (Click over to enlarge)

Photo: Hutton Roof 18th May 2019

It is lovely to see that Stripey has come through again in it's variegated form and this will now be it's fourth year since I discovered it.  I wondered how we would go on this year after its early die-back before maturity last year (2018). To see photos and history of this special plant please click here.

Epipactis helleborine (Broad Leaved Helleborine)
Photo: Hutton Roof on 18th May 2019

Above is one of our typical helleborines which make their start slightly earlier than the atrorubens, although after saying that they will mature and flower some three weeks after the atrorubens have started going back. 

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