Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Devils In Disguise
Would you like a lovely field of thistles? You could get a good start most anywhere here in our county. Do you have thistles where you live or is it just a blessing here along with all the other biting, sticking, itching things? They do bloom pretty but don't walk in them or you will regret it. Today we drove to San Antonio to put flowers on my husband's grave at Mission south. On the way we saw a large area of thistles all in full bloom. They looked so pretty but old timers around here know they are devils in disguise. Even the cattle are on to this deceiving plant. There was a smaller area with out these plants and the cattle were all gathered there. A few of these plants bloom a mauve shade. John says his Dad said if they are in poorer soil they bloom white and if they are in a richer soil they bloom a more purple color. I doubt this theory as most are white and with a few colored ones mixed in. Sometime we will see a white blubonnet and I have seen a pink one but not often. Last week I saw a white Indian Blanket and I have never seen that before. If you come to south Texas and you see a green plant about two or three feet high with a pretty bloom and the leaves are jagged around the edges don't walk in them and don't pick one because you will burn where they touch you.