A Gathering of Pappus

Young thistle

can you see

the field beyond

the grassy sea?

I kindly ask thee

to blow on over there.


Pappus: NOUN. the tuft of hairs on each seed of thistles, dandelions, and similar plants, which assists dispersal by the wind.

I have a love\hate relationship with thistle. I really dislike weeding it out of my intentional flower beds. I cannot run bare foot in certain areas of the yard as I will step in it, and although I have tried to dig it out of the yard. The stuff spreads and grows abundantly and I don’t want to take the time to keep up with it all.

The love part: the flowers are a favorite of orioles, the Baltimore and orchard oriole, which entices them to nest in my yard. The seeds are another favorite of birds. Mainly goldfinches, but I have seen a flock of house finches on them, too. 

Thus, my love of birds wins out, and the thistle is welcome to stay. Although I will still be pulling it out of the flower beds. 😉

Kindly asking this gathering of thistle young to move to another location before they decide to take root.

Until next time:

Love and blessings, 💕Carrie

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