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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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27 July, 2010

Common Sea-lavender (Limonium vulgare)

The salt marshes of Poole Harbour are now beginning to show some colour other than the dark green that usually abounds.

The lovely lavender blue of the Common Sea-lavender is now coming out and forming large tracts of blue on the marshes. This is becoming especially evident from the double-decker hide at Arne.

Not a lavender at all, the Sea-lavender is related to the pink Thrift we see on the cliffs in early summer, Sea-lavender flowers in July and August, especially along the south and east coast where mudflats abound.