On a recent bird survey with Duncan, we noticed the first of the Parson’s Bands for the season. I was prompted to search the golf course today to see if they had appeared. This orchid is fairly common but I seldom see it in great numbers. Here it grows well off the mown parts of the property amongst the box bush. Although it is said to flower from January to June, I tend to think of it as one of the early autumn/winter orchids.
The Chocolate Lily on the other hand is one of the first spring/summer wildflowers to appear on the golf course. They don’t often survive long as they tend to like open grassy areas – just the places that do get mown quite often. A couple of lucky plants have managed to dodge the mower all summer.
Gotta be quick sometimes.