flower from the top down , giving a rather untidy impression of the plant , but when all the flowers
have opened , what a magnificent flower it is . It gets it's name from the shape of the individual
flowers , looking like a monkey , complete with , no Warren not that , a tail . A few Early Purple Orchids were still in flower , lots of Common Twayblades , no sign of any Lady Orchids or Musk
Orchids , but did find my first Common-spotted Orchid flower of the year . Just one Fly Orchid , just
coming into flower was found Also on the site , real Colombine - Aquilegia vulgaris , difficult to photograph in the strong wind , not your garden escape that is seen so much these days . A bonus above the wind was a singing Garden Warbler and Yellowhammer . By the time I left , the sky was starting to break , which was what I needed for the afternoon visit , and as I drove to Bonsai Bank , Denge Wood , that clearance got better and better , but with no change to the wind . I parked up and full of anticipation , fast-walked the track to the site , made easier being mostly downhill . On the
way , I found a dead Common Shrew , with no apparent injuries seen . I also met a fellow enthusiast heading back to the road . Any sign of 'the Duke' , I asked . 'No , I've been there for two hours and only had a Grizzled Skipper , too windy for them' was his reply , not what I wanted to hear . I know they are getting to the end of their flight , but I was hoping to see one . Arriving at the gate into the
reserve , an amazing sight of 10s, 100s , even a thousand Lady Orchids , spread all over the site . A robust species that can grow to 100cms. but on site varied from 30-75cms. Like the monkey Orchid ,
the Lady Orchid gets it's name from the flower , in this case a Lady in a bonnet and crinoline dress .