Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Globe thistle


I just love this plant, and we have masses of it here at Mucky Boots. It reminds me of some people I know: so emphatically and unapologetically prickly you just have to stop and admire.

5 comments:

Natalie said...

You are not only observant, but also poetic. I hope those prickly people stay a safe distance away from your front door.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Hello Miriam! I'm just getting caught up on my blog visits and have enjoyed catching up on yours--I love the mail-box-chicken, and think maybe you should try using it to get your babies inside at night! :-)
I also have the same problems with weeds, and have decided that there is beauty in them, so I have left some of them! How's that?

Flartus said...

Admire, yes, but from a distance!

Paula said...

I've never seen a globe thistle- that's a pretty neat looking plant! Do they dry well?

Miriam said...

Apparently they make great dried flowers - they're so stiff and hard to begin with I think you'd hardly notice the difference between fresh and dried! They're really quite gorgeous - four or five feet tall, with lovely bushy foliage (if you keep them watered). They do best in full sun, but we have some in part shade and they're a bit smaller, but just as lovely. The official name is Echinops, and you can order seeds here: http://www.westcoastseeds.ca/product/Flower-Seeds/Echinops/

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