The Thistle Flower
Having made several trips to Austin in the past two months, I can tell you wildflowers in central Texas are in full bloom. With each passing trip we would see more and more, and then rain! Well, needless to say- there are some happy flowers in Texas… and happy bees, butterflies, birds…
Last weekend as we were making our way home, we counted 27 different wildflower varieties. I was drawn to the thistle flower, as were butterflies. Besides being a beautiful flower, thistles remind me of my Mom. I have memories of taking walks with her in Hemmoor, Germany (where she grew up) and her pointing out the thistle flowers to me. She would point out other flowers as well, but the thistle seemed to make an impression on her (and me too).
- National emblem of Scotland
- Symbol of nobility of character as well as of birth
- The name chardonnay, the french grape, is believed to have its origin from the word Thistle (in a round about way)