Nice, but silly name

DAY 142 (25 AUGUST) – Globe thistle (Echinops ritro) (Farnham)

Echinops ritro sounds like a backwards sentence. As in “I evol stnalp htiw a tib fo amard, ekil echinops ritro, t’nod uoy?” Who makes up these Latin names anyway?

The most surprising fact is that the globe thistle is part of the sunflower family. And the most encouraging facts are that, according to the BBC Gardening site, it can be grown by ‘beginners’ (like me) and that it’s deer-resistant. This is important around these parts, where deer have a habit of roaming freely.

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