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.

Violet 1

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.

Violet 2

Words and photographs by Phil

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