Can flowers be evil?

Maybe I need to get out more but the other day, when making a quick visit to Kilmacurragh * I stumbled on a plant that reminded me of the most evil organisms in the universe.

 

 

dalek-fx-single-5

In fact there were lots of them. Cirsium fargesii. Cirsium means it is a thistle and it could be as detrimental to your borders as the Daleks are to humans but I fell in love with this 2.4m high beauty. I cannot find out much about it and it could be that it is a new collection by Seamus O’Brien (who supervises the garden) on one of his trips to the Far East. All I know is that, although I tend to exterminate most thistles, I want this one!

cirsium fargesii 3

cirsium fargesii2

 

 

 

 

 

 

* http://www.botanicgardens.ie/kilmac/kilmhome.htm

6 Comments on “Can flowers be evil?”

  1. sueturner31
    August 27, 2014 at 8:52 am #

    Hi, is it soft spiky or lethal spiky and is that the flower or the remains…very strange but interesting.

    • thebikinggardener
      August 27, 2014 at 1:14 pm #

      LOL – it is spiky spiky and that is in full bloom – it is not as nice when it goes over.

  2. joy
    August 27, 2014 at 3:49 pm #

    i also like that . but that darlek scares me . when I was little long long time ago ……. I used to hide

  3. thelonggardenpath
    August 28, 2014 at 10:27 pm #

    Definitely been watching too much Dr Who! 😉 I can’t see it as evil, but totally fascinating – you have to have it!

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