|Dactylorhiza fuchsii - ©Penelope Hellyer|
'Dactylorhiza fuchsii - the Common Spotted Orchid - introduced itself in the late 1970s beneath the canopy of Catalpa bignonioides 'Aurea'. This colony increased substantially over the years carefully managed by Philip and me. With the grassy area beneath the Catalpa left to grow, the orchids seeded freely. We mowed in towards the trunk of the mature tree hoping to contain the seeds within this area.
Seventy escapee seedlings, growing in the mowed grass nearby, were transplanted to under the remaining mature apple tree in the bottom orchard. Plugs of plant and soil were dug with the bulb planter to ensure that the orchids would grow on in the soil they liked.'
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