This week here at Gravetye, amongst the many exciting things happening at this time of year, I had the pleasure of seeing the first flower of Dog Toothed Violet or Erythronium dens-canis. With markings on the leaf not dissimilar to the Spotted Orchid, only slightly broader, it is a member of the Lily family and totally unrelated to the Violets as the name would suggest.
The plant has a single, lilac fading into cream coloured, nodding flower that on close inspection is rather magnificent and with just a handful amongst the sea of Daffodils in the Wild Garden these pretty little flowers seem even more precious.
Words and photographs by Phil
Follow Gravetye Manor on Twitter
Like Gravetye Manor on Facebook