1. A mat-forming, evergreen shrub (Vaccinium macrocarpum) of eastern North America, having pink flowers and tart, red, edible berries.
2. The berries of this plant, used in sauces, jellies, relishes, and beverages.
1. A small, single-storied house, especially in the country.
2. A small vacation house.
cran·ber·ry cot·tage
1. A tiny house in the woods in the north of Holland.
2. Peace, quiet, paradise.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Thistle love....

In the language of flowers, the thistle is the symbol of nobility or austerity.
Noun: 1. Sternness or severity of manner or attitude. 
2. Extreme plainness and simplicity of style or appearance.

Oh how I do love the second meaning of austerity...

I have always loved thistles. When we planted up our new garden last year, I wanted to have some cultivated forms of this beauty. I would love some from nature itself as I really love the look of the beautiful purple flower among the thorny stems. I am however thrilled with the first of my two types of thistles blooming happily in my garden. Even the little honeybees are happy as they drink the nectar.

"Do not blame the thistle that you see no beauty."
~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie



  1. Thistle is really a beautiful little flower. I guess most of us just take them for granted. Not
    the Scots though, lol.
    Love you, Mom

  2. Heidi - we have wild thistle growing everywhere here. I once asked my mom why we could have them growing in our yard since they were so pretty. She looked at me like I was crazy since thistle is considered a weed. LOL! I love all flowers - weed or not! I didn't realize there was a cultivated thistle.

  3. The quote..... How could anyone see no beauty, in a Thistle? They are lovely.

    Ahhhh, according to 'Susan' they are considered a weed, near her. Like Clover is.

    So I suppose they can both be considered weeds, but soooo pretttttty. :-) I love them both.

    "I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
    Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
    Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
    With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine..."

    ~Oberon "Midsummer Night's Dream"

  4. Eh, voor een paar Engelse woorden zal ik toch een keer m'n woordenboek moeten raadplegen. ..
    Maar een mooie bloem is het zeker!

  5. So lovely. The blooms add to cut arrangements and they look great in the garden. I love the purple of course!

  6. We planted some of them in our little garden last year... and this year, they spreaded all over... They are healthy and beautiful. I hope to find them again next year !


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