Beau July 17th, 2008
I’ve been watching for thistle plants this summer too. They always come each year, whether by seeds floating through the air or by birds I don’t know. But these are the gigantic five foot tall versions with big purple flowers on the top, if you let them get that far. They’re kind of pretty, but if they become established you’ll have a mass of thorny vegetation that doesn’t do much good for anybody. It can ruin a good hayfield, so I walk around digging them out when I see them. I kept walking past a few small ones last month making a mental note to come back (which I promptly forgot about) and finally remembered to go dig them out this week. They had not flowered yet, but were four feet tall already.
The picture by the shovel shows their size, but look at the thorns on these dudes below! They’re so sharp they go right through leather gloves.
I was also driving by a field a half mile away and noticed a whole crop of these things near the shoulder of the road. The man that lived there passed away last year, and the property is for sale. If I get around to it, maybe I’ll stop by and try dig those thistles out. Need to add that to my list…