Thursday, 6 June 2013

Order of the Thistle



Every bit as statuesque as a cardoon, Onopordum acanthium, the Scots thistle is surging ahead in the June sunshine.


Their tight artichoke like buds are poised for a final ascent before flushing to a deep purple, towering at six or seven feet.


I suspect they'll be covered in butterflies when blooming, isn't purple the most visible colour on the insect scale?

4 comments:

  1. It's either the camera perspective or a special genus of thistle. Marvelous, either way.

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  2. Fine specimens Rob and it looks like that stipa is not lagging far behind in the land of giants.

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    1. Hi Anna. The stipa is in its second year and has put out just three inflorescences, so hopefully it'll do more next year.

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