This pink flower was seen growing beside one of the lakes in the Lake District.
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Also known as Policeman's Helmet. (I can't think of any UK orchids that are much taller than knee height - but I can see how they do have an orchid-like look to them.)
Thanks for your identification and comments. I have never seen an orchid growing in the wild only in a book
Try your local county wildlife trust - they are very likely to have reserve open days when orchids are in flower - any time from now through to June, depending on the orchids. UK wild orchids are much smaller-flowered than shop ones from abroad, but I think they're far more thrilling to see. I first really got interested in wild flowers as a child, when I found a man orchid, purely by chance, near to my home (they are quite rare), and couldn't identify it, as it wasn't in my wild flower book. Imagine the thrill of finding a matching illustration when I visited the Natural History museum in London!
Happy flower hunting.
Thanks Chalkie, I will investigate your suggestion.
Highly invasive Himalayan Balsam. Ive spent many, many volunteer days hand pulling this to stop the spread.
are good for controlling it. The only problem was that they ate just about everything else first! Then, when it came down to a choice between the balsam and their own front legs, they ate it. But in heavily-infested areas, it was a good way of starting to tackle the problem.,
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