Flowering wild teasel with bee

Daily Walk in Difficult Times 86

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Wild Teasels (Dipsacus fullonum) are abundant this year in the village of Charlton Down in Dorset and have grown very tall – often bending over and flattened by the wind and rain. The cone-shaped spikey heads are blooming, starting with a band in the middle and progressing upwards. The anthers bearing the pollen at the tip of the stamens are a purple/pink colour as well as the tiny petals.

9 Replies to “Daily Walk in Difficult Times 86”

  1. We have a lot of them over here this year. Growing very high, found some with 2 meter. I’m waiting to take pictures for the two row blossoms.

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  2. They are beautiful and I love the word teasel. I’m repeating it to the cat, so as to indulge myself in saying it, because I do not think we have teasels anywhere around here for me to greet. Which is too bad, because, they look just fantastic.

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  3. Thank you, Claudia. They are fantastic plants and can grow well over 6 feet high. When the teasel heads are dry, they look splendid in dried flower arrangements. In the olden days the dried teasels were used for carding wool prior to spinning.

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  4. It is a name to conjure with, isn’t it, Emma? I think the name might have been derived from the way that the dried teasels were used in the past to tease out the tangles in clippings of sheep’s wool into long un-matted fibres that could be used for spinning.

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  5. I love that last bit of info. How ingenious people were, and using what was at hand in ways that just looking at the flower and saying, oh that is pretty, only scratches the surface of what can be seen or thought about the plant.

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