Thursday 28 June 2012
Ancient grassland, wild orchids and a charming young man.
Anyway, needless to say, I bought several wild orchids from the young man.
He explained that orchids are unpredictable, and sometimes take several years to flower.
I have learned patience.......so you can imagine how delighted and surprised I was to see the Marsh Helleborine in bloom.
I also bought Southern Marsh Orchid, Broad-leaved Helleborine and Ladies Tresses.
Broad-leaved Helleborine has made an appearance but is not in bloom yet. I am hoping she will in the next few weeks.
Sadly, many of our native wildflowers are disappearing. Imagine my joy, when the young man told me, when an area is being cleared and wild orchids are cast aside, he drives to the location and rescues as many plants as he can. I was inspired by his passion for his subject, his love of our native flora, that I left him feeling totally elated. Very often, young people get bad press but we never hear about the good ones. The ones that go the extra mile.
I shall keep in touch with this young man....he has a dream, as I did when I was his age.
I have been blessed to have reached many of my goals, but still have some to conquer.
Unless we dream, then how can they come true??