Sunday Picture Post: Thistly Things

This Sunday four photos, two plants. Wrap your eyes around these. But be warned, they’re not flesh-friendly.

Cotton Thistle: 26th June 2019

The Cotton Thistle is native to East Anglia, but a garden escape elsewhere

Cotton Thistle: 26th June 2019

Of course, neither of these photos do justice to this thistle’s height (topping a man by a good 2 ft). But found on wasteland, I went for close-ups to exclude the junk.

Teasel: 26th June 2019

Another giant of the wayside. These can grow to ten feet or more. This was a junior, but it’s still early season. The teasel was used in the weaving industry. Tacked in dense arrays on a flat board, they were used for cleaning and aligning the wool fibres, and once woven, to raise the nap. Here it was growing alongside Dyer’s Weld. Cannot be coincidence.

Dyers Weld: 26th June 2019

Dyer’s Weld yields dyes in all shades of yellow; it was one the three plants used to dye the threads for the Bayeux Tapestry; woad and madder being the other two. Together they produced the ten colours used.

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44 Responses to Sunday Picture Post: Thistly Things

  1. Saania2806 says:

    Lovely pics ❤️

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  2. Jen Goldie says:

    Great shots Crispina! Did you know that Theophalus Thistle thrust three thousand thistles through the thick of his thumb? Poor guy. One of the many tongue twisters I was subjugated to in voice classes at Drama School.There’s a purple thistle I love. Associated with Scotland I think.

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    • crimsonprose says:

      I thank you. Over 200 species of thistle; but only two found in Scotland (as in wild) so I’m guessing the Scottish thistle is the Spear Thistle. It has a certain grandeur.
      Not come across poor Theophalus Thistle. I only know the Sister Susie thistle tongue-twister.

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      • Jen Goldie says:

        The professor was a grand old Englishman. Quite the character. Could be the spear thistle. Purple in colour. I used to sell them in Floral. The Scottish patrons loved them and a all good Scots know they’re a great deal for the money, because they last so long.

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      • crimsonprose says:

        Ah well, there you are. And of course, you have Scottish ancestry. Though I should say we both have.

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  3. They’re lovely to admire from a distance! 😀 ❤

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  4. Dale says:

    Not only do you take lovely pictures, you know your plants and what they are used for!
    Love that.

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  5. Violet Lentz says:

    Thistles are so prolific and often quite beautiful when in flower, but oh what an impossible adversary to conquer if you are trying to rid a garden of them!! I’d like to see the top one in flower, if it does flower..

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    • crimsonprose says:

      Oh yes, It flowers. You can see it in ornamental gardens, though this is the wild version. It’s flower is purple. If I see one when it’s in full flower, I’ll snap it for you.
      And I agree, thistles are a nightmare in a garden


  6. Jessica says:

    LOvely ❤ I especially like the first picture. Just from the image, it almost coldly telling you to stay the heck away.


  7. Thistles are so interesting. I once had a physical education teacher who said when he got to heaven, the main thing he wanted to ask God was why he made thistles. I laughed and, like the child I was, said it was a part of the curse to make us humble, but now I think I agree more with the PE teacher – God didn’t make thistles, which flower so prettily and decorate our fields, as a curse upon mankind. Anyway, silly rant over…

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  8. Tien Skye says:

    Love your third photo of teasel!

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  9. Lynn Love says:

    Love your thistles – that cotton thistle is beautiful. I sowed teasels in my garden and didn’t realise quite how tall they grow … a good six or seven foot at the moment and not yet in flower! Kind of love them though and hoping the birds and insects will too. Lovely pics as always

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  10. Joy Pixley says:

    Great shots, as always! I had always wondered why the Scottish crest featured a thistle — it seemed odd, such a strong culture associating itself with a flower. Then I moved to a region that has wild thistles and learned the truth: those are the fiercest plants I’ve ever met. Beautiful flowers, just don’t get too close to the rest! My back yard was colonized by just a few of them and it took Herculean force to clear the path. I never did find gloves that were protective enough. That’s one thing I don’t miss about my old house!

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  11. EntangledDesigns says:

    Another wonderfully informative article! Love it!

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