The first orchids to appear this year, as I have posted in the past were Cyanicula caerulea (Blue Fingers). I first noticed one in an area I refer to as the "main colony" on 30 August. This first chart shows the rise and fall of numbers of flowers I counted in that colony. Note that I wasn't able to count every day.
I subsequently found two other colonies. One was quite near - about 25m from the main colony - while the other was about 200m horizontally and at least 10m vertically. Perhaps this latter group were the highest growing specimens in the world? The chart below shows the number of plants in each colony.
However, just as this species shuffles off the radar the Glossodia major has started to get its act into gear.
Here is the whole plant (and an overview of the crappy soil in which they are surviving).
I have also noted that those n the Low Country are finding Hymenochilus sp flowers. Out here on the rock we don't rush things. Here is the state of play in my Hymenochilus cycnocephala patch.
I reckon we have at least two weeks before triggering labella become an issue.