Monday, 9 July 2012

Summer Tease

Teasle (Dipsacus fullonum )
9th July 2012

Last year I planted several teasels throughout the garden. They were quite easy to grow from seed  and were well established before the onset of winter. As biennials they will flower and seed this year. Very much a statement plant in the border they will grow to be as much as six feet in height.

At the moment the entire plants are a lush green colour but it is when they die and dry out to their desciccated brown colour that they are perhaps more recognisable. In the past the dried seed heads were used in the textile industry to raise the nap of newly woven cloth. Hopefully the seed heads will attract goldfinches to the garden in the autumn and early winter.

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