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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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07 June, 2016

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