carefully mowing round it until it had finished flowering,
it was equally carefully relocated into the long grass
part of the garden, where it has just flowered again
maculata has a wide range in nature, across Europe as far
as western Siberia, and south to Algeria and Morocco. It
has a preference for damp locations, which certainly fits
with our garden.
name dactylorhiza is derived from two Greek words, δάκτυλος
"daktylos" meaning "finger" and ρίζα
"rhiza" meaning "root" - its long
finger-like tubers differ from the round tubers of orchis,
and of course its specific name maculata refers to
its spotted leaves.
this and more native orchids will invade the wilder parts
of the garden to create a "wildflower meadow"