Lucky you Shirl - I'd love to find some orchids in my lawn. Flower of the Day today for me - Burnt Orchid.
We have 3 regular species of orchid in our meadow and lawn and an occasional Bee Orchid, so you can imagine that we don't cut the lawns from late April until flowering has finished, a bit overgrown by then!
Normally, seeing my first White Helleborine of the year would make it my Flower of the Day ...
... and on any other day, seeing Pasqueflowers for only the second or third time would definitely make them my Flower of the Day ....
... but today, I saw my first ever Burnt-tip Orchids (and I think I've fallen in love with them! . Not only my Flower of the Day, almost certainly my Flower of the Year!
The Pasqueflowers and Burnt-tip Orchids were at Knocking Hoe nature reserve in Bedfordshire, the White Helleborines were in a nearby wood. I'd walked past the reserve a couple of times, but this was my first visit there. I was very lucky - I got there just as a gentleman was leaving, and when I asked if he'd seen any Burnt-tip Orchids, he not only told me where they were but also told me about the Pasqueflowers (I knew the site had them, but I thought I was too late in the year to see them) and the numerous White Helleborines in a nearby wood.
1 out of 2 Nige. Yellow Archangel is a woodland plant with totally different leaves. Your photo shows the semi-parasitic Yellow Rattle, often included in meadow mixes (native) to reduce the vigour of grasses + allowing herbs to compete better.
Jersey Cudweed today just coming into flower. A nationally scarce plant that is occurring as a common pavement weed in an area of Barnes. The seed must have originated from the London Wetland Centre where there is a population on the grazing marsh of unknown origin. It has also appeared at a few other London locations.