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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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01 August, 2015

Field Forget-me-not: the soldiers farewell | Nature Notes from Dorset

Field Forget-me-not (Myosotis arvensis) is the most common of the four species found on dry, cultivated soils or areas of otherwise thin soils and restricted vegetation such as bare patches by footpaths in woods. The small bluish grey flowers are smaller than those of wood forget-me-not and changing forget-me-not has pale yellow flowers. Early forget-me-not is much smaller than 'field' and flowers from March until May whereas field forget-me-not flowers from May onwards so identification should not be an issue.
Field forget-me-not is a rather untidy, upright plant growing to about a foot tall, sometimes a bit bigger. The small, five petalled flowers are quite distinctive and well known by most people.

Read more: Field Forget-me-not: the soldiers farewell | Nature Notes from Dorset