Flower of Scotland

I’m sure that I am being stereotypically Scottish by saying that Thistles are one of my favourite flowers, but it’s true they are. These in particular are quite special as they are home grown. We have been growing Thistles in our garden for a few years now and they never fail to disappoint. Apart from being beautiful flowers to photograph they attract insects such as bees and butterflies (doing our bit for the pollinators), I’m not one to waste a photographic opportunity when these insect visitors come calling.

I love the colour of these Thistles, the radiant purple spikey flower heads that always look bright come rain or shine. As well as helping bring wildlife into our garden and giving me another source of photographic inspiration, growing these Thistles is like having a little bit of Scotland in our Yorkshire garden.

The Bee & The Thistle

Today is day one of The Wildlife Trusts annual nature challenge: 30DaysWild. Where for the month of June they encourage everyone to do one thing for your health, wellbeing, & the planet.

I know that I said that I wouldn’t publish my submissions as daily blog post. Well today is the first day and everyone is always super motivated on the first day of a new project. As predicted I took more than one photo. So here is a blog post with some of the other photos that I have taken today.

#30DaysWild – Day 01

Thistles

On our recent trip back to Aberdeen to visit family and friends we took some time out to visit the Botanical Gardens at the University of Aberdeen’s Zoology campus; Cruickshank Botanic Garden.

The gardens were in bloom with many different flowers and plants, their collection of Giant Thistles is what captured my attention.

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