To bee or not to bee

I know, it’s a cheap gag.

I took this shot of a bee orchid last week, beside the A27 at the junction with Firle. Being a bit of a plant novice, it was the first time I’d ever seen this wonderful flower.

At one point a few days ago, there were at least eleven spikes loosely scattered amonst the grass, and the pyramidal orchids.

Today though there are none, as the verge has been mown.

Hopefully some of these plants managed to seed before they had their heads lopped off. But I guess we’ll have to wait until next year to see them again.

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