Hm, they are pretty in your garden, but I don't think I'd convince myself to plant thistle in mine. Too reminiscent of the ones I pull out of the ground as weeds.
reminded me that I wanted to post a picture of the wild thistle I have growing just inside my small arbor leading to the woodland area.
If you click on it to make it bigger, you can see all those needle-like prickers all over it. I certainly don't want to bump into this thing by mistake!
I just think it looks so interesting that I could not bring myself to dig it out. I think it will be lovely in bloom. I'll dig it out before it sets seed.
It is quite similar to the globe thistle, isn't it?
Melissa mentioned that her globe thistle was smaller this year than last. Mine is also. In the past it has been 4 to 5 feet tall. This year, maybe 3 feet.
Most of my plants are a lot shorter this year.