Helleborine Orchid

Patrick Marks kindly sent us these excellent photos of an unusual orchid which has been growing in the Lade Braes for several years. The Broad-leaved Helleborine (Epipactis Helleborine) is rarely found in Fife but is common further west and in England. Patrick says that this example is the first record of this plant in St Andrews! It normally flowers in late July but may not flower every year.

Boase Wood bluebells

The wild flowers in Boase Wood near Law Mill are looking really nice just now. I took a couple of photos so that you can see the masses of bluebells as well as wild garlic and comfrey.