A Cotswold Year - Charting the seasons in the South Cotswolds

Tuesday 9 October 2012


 Thistles are looking rather sad at this time of year but the heads will be useful to seed eating birds like the Goldfinch during the next few months.
The plants have survived here on Coaley Peak's unimproved Limestone grassland as the prickles have protected them from being eaten by the cows.
Thistles were apparently thought by the Romans to have properties which could return hair to bald heads we don't know if this involved rubbing them on and certainly aren't going to try it.

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