Flowers 23.6.2010

Motivated by yesterday´s experience on Perchtoldsdorfer Heide, and as it seems to get really good weather after 2 weeks of rain, I decide to visit dry grass places to look what´s up there.

So I take the mountain bike and first ride in direction of Willendorf; two late blooming oilseed rape fields.

On the roadside and a bit inside the large park area of Strelzhof castle I find these extremely rare orchids, finde ich diese extrem seltenen red helleborines.

Here, on the edge of the park area, a small habitat of these very  beautiful orchids has established for several years.

Field scabious (Knautia arvensis) near the helleborines.

A bit further, on a slope shortly before Willendorf, Adriatic Lizard orchids (Himantoglossum adriaticum).

These plants got their name from the lizard-like tongue of their flowers. In German, this is called "Riemenzunge", which means "belt-tongue"

I now have changed place and are visiting the "Lily grassland" near BadFischau/Brunn.

Lots of Purple Crown Vetch (Securigera varia) in huge numbers.

Large areas also show blooming Astragalus onobrychis (sorry, no English name available)

A lizard orchid in this place too.

Tufted Grape Hyacinth (Muscari comosum) close to the Lizards orchid

Around the lizard orchid lots of Crested Cow Wheat (Melampyrum cristatum)

Flower meadow - view to Hochwechsel

Cluster-head pink, Carthusian Pink (Dianthus carthusianorum subsp. carthusianorum)

Caucasus Daisy (Tanacetum corymbosum)

Viper's Bugloss, Blueweed (Echium vulgare) and "Hungarian Wallflower"(Erysimum hungaricum)

"Hungarian Wallflower"(Erysimum hungaricum)

 ... and in a close-up

 ... and with beetles as visitors (it is Rosenkäfer in German, sorry, I did not find an English expression)

Aunts and flies also like them

Viper's Bugloss, Blueweed (Echium vulgare) ...                                                ... and in a close-up

A Fleabane species (Inula hirta)