Thistles

Since it’s my first summer in the house I wanted to see what would come up on its own, so I haven’t been weeding or cutting down plants. As a result some thistles grew up near the path to the front door.

At first I didn’t cut them because I had vague notions of looking up the leaves to see if it was milk thistle, which is good for the liver. I didn’t get around to looking, though, and they kept growing. They’re just about as tall as me now, protruding into the walkway.

a. Sorry, mail carrier.
b. It’s ridiculous that we get free home delivery of mail these days.

Last night I finally looked up the thistles I have, and they’re not the helpful milk thistle, but rather a common invasive species. So I suppose I will cut them down and toss them in the compost.

a. You are welcome, mail carrier.
b. Sorry, Eyeore.

I will say, though, that for all the sharp and spiny stabbery that thistles bring, they have a pretty flower, and pollinators love them, as I saw today.

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So maybe I’ll wait a little longer to chop down the thistles. Sorry, mail carrier.

One thought on “Thistles

  1. I did exactly the same at our house, waiting to see what would grow, although my mail carrier is probably thankful that the thistles are all growing at the side and back of the house. So far, the pretty flowers and stabby bits have discouraged me from trying to cut them down. (For now I’m focused on the smaller, less prickly weeds.)

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