Saturday, July 07, 2007

OMG, my MIL was right!

It IS a weed, and a noxious one to boot, according to Internet reports. Once it started blooming and I could see it was yellow, I narrowed it down to Carthamus lanatus, the saffron thistle, an invasive weed all over the world. It must have come in with the nyger. I think I'll leave it���������it's more of a problem in places like New Zealand and California���������and see if I get any finches nearer the house when the seed ripens.

'Mardi Gras' looking fastastic this morning.

It's nothing personal. I'm just not in love with 'Laura Bush'. I think she's a terrible color. Pope John Paul II���������now there's a rose. Pure white, as you would expect, and with a heavenly scent (sorry). I'll post a picture next time I get a blossom.


EAL said...

I think they should stick with people dead for over 100 years for roses. It kind of creeps me out to have these contemporary names.

Jane M. said...

Agreed. It always seems like a publicity stunt: Martha Stewart, Princess Diana....