At this point it's not easy to find beautiful flowers hiding among the fallen leaves. However my Fragrant Lady's tresses, Spiranthes odorata, did not disappoint. Granted they were a bit earlier and a little larger last year, but this is 2020. I am thrilled to just see these lovely little native orchids again.
The individual flowers are small, about one-half an inch in length. I love the way they spiral up the stem opening from the bottom to the top. I wish I could tell you that I got a whiff of the fragrance, but the stems are short this year and I was lucky to get close enough to the ground the take the pictures. Because we keep a cage around these flowers the wind and falling oak leaves have already mulched these plants. So far they seem to ignore the cold so I still hold out hope that there will be flowers into November. Whatever happens it sure made me happy to see my lovely orchids today. It is only right I should share their beauty!