Wednesday, 13 April 2016
Naked Men in my Garden
Behold the Orchis Italica, also known as 'the naked man orchid' or 'the hanging man orchid'. Most of my orchids get dug up in the Spring (when I'm not there) by my neighbours hunting for Orchis mascula or Orchis militaris. I usually arrive home to find a multitude of small holes and discarded orchid flowers as only the root is ground to make salep; a prized flour used in the creation of desserts and a hot drink that to us Brits tastes similar to thin sweet custard. So I was very happy to see this wonderful specimen standing proud next to my washing line. Nice to see that Mother Nature has a sense of humour.