Common Vetch: the garden vetch

As I have said before in my nature notes there are many flowers you just pass by without so much of a second look because they are so familiar. If you stop and look, and take a close up photo, you find these flowers are amazingly beautiful.
Once grown as a fodder crop the common vetch (Vicia sativa), or garden vetch as it is sometimes called, can be found across Dorset in hedgerows, on banks, on grass downlands and in meadows and so can easily be taken for granted but what a wonderful colour it is and such a delicate flower.
A member of the pea family, there are several vetches in flower from May until July, the common vetch is just one of them and they are all lovely.
Common Vetch: the garden vetch

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