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This is one of many pages describing plants and animal life that we have in our garden. In many cases, we don't know what they are. Comments welcome.

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Here's an older description, written before I had identified it. I currently (16 July 2010) don't have any growing, since I thought it was a weed and pulled it out, but maybe it'll come back.

This appears to be some kind of thistle. I'm not 100% sure that the photos are all of the same kind of plant. The first photo shows something self-seeding out of the footpath. It has prickly leaves. The other three show another plant, rather ungainly, growing out of a garden bed nearby. The head is developing quite fat buds, and the leaves around them are also prickly. I'll add to this page as I discover things.

On 24 January 2009 it started to flower:


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This one was on 25 January 2009:


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And this on 26 January 2009.


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By 29 January 2009 I had come to the conclusion that this was a weed. In particular, the flowers aren't nearly as big as I expected, and they don't last long. The one in the middle is the one in the photos above, and the one on the right had just started blooming today:


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So I pulled it out shortly after taking this photo.


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