Thursday, 14 April 2011

Violet

A short walk around the ponds of Straw's Bridge today.  It was good to see more and more Cowslips opening their flowers and creating a brilliant display amid the grasses.  Under the trees, we found a few Common Dog Violets (Viola riviniana).
As with other plants which have the prefix 'Dog', they seem to get the name from the fact that they are scentless and therefore somehow inferior.  Although, what could be said to be inferior about these little blue gems, I cannot think.
The Common Dog Violet is the 'County Flower' of Lincolnshire!
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