Our recent trip to Lake Prespa was a revelation, partly because of the richness of the flowers in largely organically farmed Albania. This unforgettable scene was close to the shoreline of Great Prespa near the village of Gollomboc. On all sides there was a purple horizon of these stunning orchids, but in this spot they were seeded everywhere among a bed of my old friend yellowrattle. I think they are Lax-flowered Orchids Orchis laxiflora or a closely related sub/species called Bog Orchid O. palustris, but am happy to be corrected. It is, incidentally, a perfect indication of what we lost with the onslaught of intensive chemical agriculture in Britain.
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