This Greater Butterfly orchid (Platanthera chlorantha) was a highlight of long walk along the Wiltshire Downs near Warminster. This large orchid has no spots on the leaves and is one of the larger UK species when fully out.
We also bumped into Twayblade (Neottia ovata) – below. This is a lovely if a little understated orchid with green and brown flowers in profusion.
The third orchid in flower was our first Common Spotted orchid of the year. With its lovely spotted leaves and luscious pink flowers.
I have really been missing long walks amongst flowers and the Wiltshire Downs are a great spot at this time of year. As well as the orchids there are masses of lovely wild flowers including the rather rare Early Gentian (a Wiltshire speciality) (below)
The yellow horseshoe vetch and the blue and pink Milkwort is spectacular
along with Meadow Saxifrage and so many more.