Cowslips were once very common. These days they are still found throughout the county in meadows and on grassland, occasionally even in the middle of roundabouts!
It may be just me and the way I use my camera but I always feel that it never does anything coloured purple justice! This Early Dog-violet looks decidedly blue and not its true deep violet colouring. The Early Dog-violet certainly comes out early in the year being in flower in March and is a few weeks ahead of its close cousin, the Common Dog-violet which is more prevelent in April and May. It is really timing that I base my observations on as I find them exceedingly difficult to tell apart.
In May the short turf on the cliff tops of the chalky Dorset coast are showing patches of this delightful little plant, Chalk Milkwort. Whilst Milkwort is quite easy to identify, separating the three British species is not so easy! The differences are quite small and it takes a good botanist to spot the minor variations between them. For the lesser botanist like me then habitat is the best guide but certainly not the most accurate. Common and Chalk Milkwort can grow side by side so take…
It may be just me and the way I use my camera but I always feel that it never does anything coloured purple justice! This early dog-violet (Viola reichenbachiana) looks decidedly blue and not its true deep violet colouring.