Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Gardens: order of the thistle

CENTAUREA JORDY CORNFLOWERWe cut the meadows in the middle of July, soon after the yellow rattle had seeded and before the creeping thistle set in. The rattle is a semi-parasitic annual and was sown three years ago to sap the strength of the grasses it uses as hosts. I was worried that colonies of thistle might take advantage of the empty space, but the rattle appears to be holding them back, too. I had been told this was the case and though it is too early to say because it might simply not be a thistle year, it will be nice to aspire to a miracle.