City is abuzz after rare orchid is found!
Three years ago Big Yellow store manager Rob Harley was surprised to find Bee Orchids growing in the shadows of our Norwich store. They were first noticed by former RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) officer, Chris Durdin, who persuaded the gardeners to let the flowers grow, explaining that the Bee Orchid is in decline. This is the case, not only in Norfolk, but right across England. In the case of the bee orchid, the single flower is the culmination of up to 8 years growth and, if picked, the plant is unlikely to flower again.
Last week, after two years of no reported sightings, the same Bee Orchid was spotted again. Rob Harley said about their appearance: “We’re pleased the orchids feel as comfortable and safe in our land as our storage customers do. There’s a local buzz in the air about these orchids and knowing that I’ve had something to do with it rewards our gardening efforts over the last three years.”
Last month 29 flowering spikes were counted and within a few days an impressive total of 37 flowers were confirmed! The recent sun combined with the rainfall may be cause of their growth as these orchids are typically found in sunny, well-drained areas.
We are very grateful to Mr Durdin for recognising the orchids outside our store, and we hope to see the flowers return again next year!