This exact spot is near the edge of the field in a location that was also used as a travel lane to move harvest equipment in and out of the field. I planted a White Pine windbreak here 28 years ago that has since developed into a pine shaded strip with a thick bed of needles. Into this, orchids have arisen.
Those seeds just have to find the proper environment in which to germinate and develop new plants.
This event doesn’t fit my earlier perception of orchid behavior. Highly compacted, heavily eroded cropland soil just doesn’t seem to be an ideal environment in which to find a plant as exotic as an orchid.
This small leaf, growing beside the two mature plants, is indication that next year may bring a trio of blooming orchids.
Unfortunately, it’s hard to see when growing in a field full of tall grasses. Each year I mark those growing up in the trail, but something always seems to happen to them before they bloom. I’m hoping one will produce a flower so I can get some photos.
That bud should produce an impressive display.
Weevils have been feeding heavily here.
I’ve seen Ragged Fringed Orchids blooming in the field in the past, but that was pre digital camera. I’ve already give it credit for being a tough plant and it has certainly established itself widely across the field. It would just please me greatly if one of those tenacious plants would favor me with a flower.