Thistle



Interesting how the Thistle can be at once the national symbol of Scotland......


yet also despised across the pond.  


Perhaps if it didn't blow its downy seeds all over the pastures, 




it would be more lovable.  



"All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind."  

Abraham Lincoln 



Comments

  1. I have seen animals eat them in the winter, they have to be hungry though.

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  2. Thistles are like humans - not always handsome, sometimes rough and itchy, they do what they want and sometimes have no regards for other peoples needs. But you also may call them God-given, individuals, free spirit, assertive and protective towards their descendants. So: very similiar to humans! ;-)

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  3. We don't have wild thistle around here.Maybe that's why I still like it!

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  4. I like what 'you-wee because' said. I think they are pretty before they become messy.

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  5. It may not be universally loved in parts of the UK after Thursday! But I think Eeyore was fond of thistles, wasn't he? Wonderful photos!

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  6. i love them along the roadways, catching the swallowtails' attention!

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  7. I dont think we have them, but if we do, I havent seen them.

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  8. In spite of the headache that a thistle brings....I think they are lovely..

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  9. I like you-wee's answer. Awesome comment!! :)

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  10. Great pictures Michelle, love to see them in the ditches and fields.Blessings Francine.

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  11. Oh the thistle, so pretty yet spiky when in bloom and so threatening when exploding with fluffy flying seeds to infest pastures far and wide.
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  12. Everything in nature has its own beauty....the beautiful purple flowers of the Canadian Thistle I like.
    Well, wait...let me rephrase my first line...SNAKES are in no way beautiful. lol

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  13. My mom used to harvest thistle blooms before they go to seed and eat them. Apparently there are medicinal purposes in them... and a drop of honey in each one. So there's something...

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  14. I don't see thistles like this very often, but they look like purple dandelions to me. Aaarrgghh.

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  15. Never been a huge fan of thistle, but darn do they make pretty pictures.

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  16. i think thistles are very tough looking. very neat shots!! hope you are well. ( :

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  17. Yep! My farmer is definitely NOT a fan of the thistle. LOVE the quote from Lincoln!

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  18. They are a bit like all of us, aren't they. Sometimes pretty and sweet and other times....... xo Laura

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  19. Such a fascinating post, Michelle, and the pictures are quite pretty :) Have a wonderful day!

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  20. Michelle,
    Always will remember Mom and Dad spraying for thistles along the ditch banks. However, they truly are so pretty!

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  21. Ha! I was just out photographing huge silky thistle heads yesterday. :) It's a bugger, but has it's place. The bees sure love it!!

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  22. Nice shots, love that first one.

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  23. It's such a pretty thing but hurtful....:(

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  24. If not for the seeds that blow everywhere, I would want some growing in my yard!

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  25. That's about the way I feel about Dandelions when they take over the yard in the spring. Nice shots of the thistle flower and seeds though.

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  26. A timely post: today the Scots are voting for their independence from the rest of the UK, and the outcome is uncertain...

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  27. Not too fond of heather, either.

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