A new venture this summer in the mead. Has a reputation for spreading, both by root extension and seed so we shall have to watch it behaves itself. Qualifies as a pioneer plant in its natural range. Attractive.
This is a specimen of the common or bull thistle – Scottish emblem etc. According to the books it should reach a heigh of around three feet tall and certainly no more than five on a good day. This specimen which has established itself in the garden has, as you can , see not read the books and has exceeded all expectations. We are allowing it to flower but not to set and distribute seeds – 500 seeds per flower with an in-soil viability of ten years!
A portion of the garden with insect attracting native flowers – monarda, golden rod, two species of milkweed. The monarda also attracts Hummingbirds. There is a dogwood in there too but its flowers came earlier in the year.