Onopordum acanthium

The true Scottish Thistle, the emblem of a proud and historic people is not the creeping thistle (Cirsium arvense) that many gardeners battle against, that is not a National Flower. No the true Scottish thistle is the Onopordum acanthium and it is a real stunner. My first sight of Onopordum acanthium preparing to flower was at Floors Castle appropriately enough…

Paper bagging

Here is the dilemma, if you harvest the seeds or the seed pod too soon then the seeds may not have full developed and so you may be cutting down on their chances of germinating successfully. However if you leave them, the seed head may split open and the seeds are lost. The solution is…