Orchid in a roadside verge

Roadside Flowers near Helmsdale

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We stopped in a roadside lay-by just short of Helmsdale in the Scottish Highlands. The grassy verge was covered in beautiful deep pink orchids (maybe Northern Marsh Orchids) amid carpets of bright yellow Birdsfoot Trefoil or “eggs and bacon” as it is commonly known. The steep hillsides forming a background to the verge were smothered in fragrant yellow blooms of gorse and broom. What a sight!

2 Replies to “Roadside Flowers near Helmsdale”

  1. Thank you, John. Yes, the picture shows a steep hillside with trees at the top and numerous bushes of flowering gorse and broom. The blooms were nearly finished, it would have had more yellow the previous week, but still very colourful and quite typical for the landscape in that area.

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