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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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11 February, 2015

Early Dog-violet: earning its spurs | Nature Notes from Dorset

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.
The early dog-violet certainly comes out early in the year being in flower by March and is a few weeks ahead of its close cousin, the common dog-violet which is becomes more prevelent in late April and in to May. The early dog-violet has a narrower flower than the common dog-violet

Read more: Early Dog-violet: earning its spurs | Nature Notes from Dorset