[personal profile] eub
But don't ever let a thistle grow thinking it's a nifty-looking weed and you can get rid of it later. By the time you get around to it because it's threatening to spread seed, that's a *lot* of viciously spiny you've got there.

Date: 2011-08-06 10:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laurabee.livejournal.com
Yes, I know this problem very well. I just let it spread the seed, a decision I'm sure I'll regret next year.

On the up side, the butterflies and bees absolutely loved the blossoms.

Date: 2011-08-06 02:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rmitz.livejournal.com
Thistle is impossible. That root system will send stuff up again and again, without even letting the seed go....

Date: 2011-08-06 04:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] boonedog.livejournal.com
There's a spot along the street that runs behind our neighborhood that we are responsible for keeping up and it has a lot of thistles growing there (along with dandelions, cat tails, etc). When a bunch of us neighbors were out deciding what to pull out and what to keep (we also have some oak seedlings and wildflowers growing) there was a little argument about whether to keep the thistle or not because they *are* cool looking. Until you look up closely at them. Then there was a little argument about *who* was going to be the one to take them out. A bear encounter suit would've been helpful.

Date: 2011-08-06 07:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jinian.livejournal.com
Kill it with fire. Really. It'll desiccate the roots so it's less likely to be able to come back.

Date: 2011-08-07 02:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mh75.livejournal.com
But i *like* thistles.

Date: 2011-08-07 09:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eub.livejournal.com
That was my problem too.

Date: 2011-08-07 03:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bhudson.livejournal.com
Just explain it away by saying it's the mascot of your grad school.

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