Thursday, June 24, 2010

Teasel, Teazle In Bloom

The first flower buds are appearing on the teasel. A beautiful bluish purple bud that starts in the center of the flower head.

Blooming will progress up, down and around the flower head. As the buds unfold the white stamens seem to burst from their centers.

This small patch of teasel is capable of producing thousands of teasel plants so corrective action will begin soon.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Teasel, Teazle

I have allowed a small patch of Teasel to grow this year, I may regret it next year. The old english name Teazle means to tease cloth and the heads of teasel were used to raise the nap on woolen cloth. It has medicinal properties and even the water that collects in the leaves have been used in cosmetics and to soothe inflammation of the eyes. The teasel plant can grow to heights of seven feet and the tap root can grow to depths of more than two feet. A single plant can produce over two thousand seeds. Today teasel is used in horticultural plantings and dried flower arrangements. The flowers when they appear will be purple and I will try to do a post of them again.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Bunny Babies

Do you know that a mama rabbits milk is so rich that the babies only nurse about five minutes a day, that they can see behind them but have a blind spot in front of their face? We think of them with those two large front teeth but they actually have twenty eight teeth and those front teeth, they never stop growing. I have watched them doing a 'binky' which is jumping and twisting three or more feet into the air, it is said they do this when they are happy. I seem to have a lot of happy rabbits here. This mama and kitten, yes they are called kittens, are sharing a moment that has made a great shot for the photographer.