Can anybody name this?

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I have lived at the same address for a few years now and this is the first time I have seen this plant in my garden. I think it's an orchid. Does anybody know its name? 

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  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115

    'Fraid it's not an orchid.  More like a violet, but difficult to tell.

  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 580

    Finding pic hard to get a clear look.

    Can you add a good close up of the flowers and leaves.

    Do you live in Havering UK.?

    Sorry but this is not an Orchid.

    It looks as if it is a Viola riviniana.. a wild violet

     

    https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Viola+riviniana&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=enR9UdKeJrST0QXJuYG4Dg&ved=0CAoQ_AUoAQ&biw=1920&bih=967

     

     

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  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 7,188

    I agree - wild violet.  We get lots of them - unfortunately don't seem to have the famous violet scent to go with themimage

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,612

    Looks very like one of my favourite violets Viola sororia 'Freckles' - I wonder if it's a cross between Freckles and a more ordinary violet - perhaps only grown big enough to flower this  year image

     

     

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,612

    Yes, it's gorgeous - I grew it in my last garden - I've kicked myself many times for not bringing it with me image  Brendan Jones' picture shows some darker freckles, but the overall colour is too violet - that's why I suggested it might be a cross. image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • Thank you.

    I feel slightly silly for thinking/ hoping it was an orchid. 

    I'm not sure why my photo is so blured. I shall upload a crisper image. 

    I have been feeding wild seeds to the birds over winter. Do you think it may have come from them? 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,612

    I think that's unlikely - it's something that's been lurking, probably not been big enough to flower until this year image  It's lovely image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • happymarionhappymarion Posts: 4,591

    I took some pics of some os our native orchids at Westonbirt Arboretum last year.  I'

    'll see if that helps.

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  • I agree. It is lovely. 

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