Up and down

The teasels are flowering.

The circle of purple flowers opens both up and down the flower heads and they remind me of the wonderful lines about the candle burning at both ends.

“My candle burns at both ends;

It will not last the night;

But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends –

It gives a lovely light.”

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Thistles: 1918.

When the brief firework of flowers are over, the seed heads will ripen and the dried heads will stand all winter long to feed the meticulous goldfinches when there seems nothing left to eat in the world.

The prickly, unpromising Teasels really are a “lovely light” at both ends of the year.

15 thoughts on “Up and down

    • cathysrealcountrygardencom says:

      Fascinating link. I knew the part of the Latin name that derives from fulling cloth, but the first part that means thirsty deriving from the rain collection of the leaves. I wish I had been taught Latin at school!
      Invasive plants are a real problem . One woman’s beauty is another woman’s nightmare on the wrong side of the globe!

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  1. Flighty says:

    Wonderful plants which sometimes self-seed and grow on my plot. It’s always lovely to see goldfinches on them eating the seeds, and I agree that they look great in winter when they have snow on them. xx

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