Flowers 22.-24.5.2010

Three short outings with the mountain bike, to have a look what the flowers are like. This year everything is so late, after all that rain ...

On 22.5. I ride down to the "lily field" to see what is flourishing now. Large spots of Nottingham catchfly (Silene nutans, I suppose it is subspecies insubrica, which grows on limestone).

Birdsfoot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)

Schwalbenwurz (Vincetoxicum hirundinaria) ...

 ... visited by ants.

Star-of-Bethlehem, Grass Lily, Nap-at-Noon, Eleven-o'clock Lady (Ornithogalum umbellatum)

Bloody Cranesbill (Geranium sanguineum)

23.5. - wonderful light in the evening, so I go for a short walk on Blosser Berg ...

 ... only to find burnt orchids (orchis ustulata)

Feather grass (Stipa species)

Panoramic view from Blosser Berg near Winzendorf over Steinfeld. Click here or into the picture for a larger version.

View in southern direction: Wuerflach and the Semmering mountains in the background

24.5.2010. A bicycle ride with the family to Bad Fischau, with a short detour via Weikersdorf. Still lots of snow on Schneeberg this year.

Near Bad Fischau - Brunn: the kids stay at the playing ground with their mum, and I look for some orchids around: Military orchid (Orchis militaris).

Sword-leaved Helleborine (Cephalanthera longifolia) is growing rather frequently here.

View over Bad Fischau/Brunn and the southern Wiener Becken to the Rosalia mountains ...

 ... and to Bucklige Welt.

On a clearing in the forest huge lots of Rough hawkbit (Leontodon hispidus).

A flower with a visitor

Large thyme (Thymus pulegioides)

Meadow sage (Salvia pratensis)

Star-of-Bethlehem, Grass Lily, Nap-at-Noon, Eleven-o'clock Lady (Ornithogalum umbellatum) inside Bad Fischau