Browsing All posts tagged under »Bull thistle«

Summer company

July 23, 2010


Let’s catch up on the progress of the local weeds.  Here we have Common Burdock (Arctium minus) in bud on July 14 and in bloom a week later. Below that there is a big, sharp thistle. It’s either a Bull Thistle or a Pasture Thistle and either way it’s a terror. Next to it is […]

Prickly issues

July 23, 2009


This bull thistle is an apt symbol for contentious Township meetings.  It’s shaped like a bullhorn, full of ouch, yet beautiful—not unlike democracy in action. (Someone said Democracy is a terrible system but the best one we’ve invented so far.)  As I waded through wet bull thistles taking pictures, I discovered a little drama at the […]