One of the closest pieces of woodland to the village, Seven Acre Wood, has generally been ignored because of the stories told by Mrs K that she was warned away from it as a girl, because of the gypsies. There's none there now, and after a kind email from Graham (once of this parish) I had a look, and was pleasantly surprised.
Not only are there about 40 Early Purple Orchids to be found, but other interesting plants including Herb Paris.
The orchids show red in a sea of blue, under the oppressive canopy that is gradually closing in, shutting out the light.
On Park Gate Down, their are a few spikes standing in the open, surrounded by the yellow of Cowslips. There seems to be more symbiosis here, but the yellow is stunted and hunched, a poorer showing than was expected.
Lady Orchids are unfurling their buds into their distinctive flowers at Yockletts bank, though whoever first called them "Lady" was spinning a strange line.
I often overlook Twayblades, because of their green colour, diminutive size and quiet demeanour, but close up they have their charm. Every minority is important in its own way.