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?


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

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

    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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