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)