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Hoy
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Weiser, what have elks to do with hat showy thistle? They don't eat it?

Lori, a nice one to sit upon when you rest! Is monocarpic or perennial?

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Lori S.
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Actually, I prefer cushion cacti (Escobaria vivipara) for sitting down to rest... it seems to be the best way to find them, too!  ;D
Hooker's thistle is said to be biennial.

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Hoy
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I remember once in Ecuador (or was it the Atlas mountains) I sat down on a green spot among sharp rocks. I jumped several feet when the green spot stung like wasps in my buttock, the green spot was a tight-grown plant with long, sharp needles. Since I have always examined where I put the lower parts of my body.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Lori S.
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Where to post, where to post?  Well, I guess these are thistles...

Carlina acaulis, now open... with two bees that seem to be cuddling for warmth in our (so-often of late) cool, rainy weather!

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Mark McD
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Skulski wrote:

Where to post, where to post?  Well, I guess these are thistles...

Carlina acaulis, now open... with two bees that seem to be cuddling for warmth in our (so-often of late) cool, rainy weather!

A striking specimen!  It almost makes me want to relax my no-spiny-plants-in-the-garden-because-I-hate-getting-jabbed-rule ;) Here we're getting very cool nights now, and the bees appear glued to the flowers each night and well into the morning until things warm up.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Hoy
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McDonough wrote:

A striking specimen!  It almost makes me want to relax my no-spiny-plants-in-the-garden-because-I-hate-getting-jabbed-rule ;) Here we're getting very cool nights now, and the bees appear glued to the flowers each night and well into the morning until things warm up.

Now I wonder, Mark. What do you call very cool nights? Here the nights are still 55-60F.

Bumblebees tolerate much colder weather than honeybees. Here bumblebees can be seen flying even if the temp is lower than 10C/50F. But these days I have more hoverflies in the flowers than either bumblebees or honeybees.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Mark McD
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Hoy wrote:

Now I wonder, Mark. What do you call very cool nights? Here the nights are still 55-60F.

Bumblebees tolerate much colder weather than honeybees. Here bumblebees can be seen flying even if the temp is lower than 10C/50F. But these days I have more hoverflies in the flowers than either bumblebees or honeybees.

Into the low fifties range, was 52 F this morning.  Today it is cloudy and cold, what an about face from all of the endless +90 F days, going running soon to contemplate the garden and introduce some clever dancing jig into my running style to appease the rain gods, as it is still dust-dry here even though cool temperatures.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

Lori S.
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It was 0.9 deg C here overnight, according to a weather station in this neighborhood.  I believe what would be considered the "official" temperature, at the airport, was 2 deg C.  Brrr...

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Hoy
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McDonough wrote:

Into the low fifties range, was 52 F this morning.  Today it is cloudy and cold, what an about face from all of the endless +90 F days, going running soon to contemplate the garden and introduce some clever dancing jig into my running style to appease the rain gods, as it is still dust-dry here even though cool temperatures.

Low fifties is not uncommon here even in summer! Hope the rain dance works for you. I don't need to, plenty of rain here the next days.

Skulski wrote:

It was 0.9 deg C here overnight, according to a weather station in this neighborhood.  I believe what would be considered the "official" temperature, at the airport, was 2 deg C.  Brrr...

That's what I call cool! Hope we don't experience that low before end October!

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Booker
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A thistle pictured in Turkey ... a lovely thing.

Cliff Booker A.K.A. Ranunculus
On the moors in Lancashire, U.K.
Usually wet, often windy, sometimes cold ... and that's just me!

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