Thursday, September 15, 2011

Thistles And Lace

Today you get the thistles and tomorrow you get the lace! These are common thistles called milk thistles. They originated in the Mediterranean, and are almost everywhere now. They are a real pain to gardeners and a lot of people hate them, yet I find them beautiful in their own way. They are an ancient plant, and have been known for their medicinal value for over 2,000 years. Thistle extract is known to help liver toxicity, and it can help almost any kind of damage to the liver. In Europe, it is a prescription medicine. Here, we can get it in drug and health food stores. It has so many benefits. So when God said the land would produce thorns and thistles, that wasn't necessarily a bad thing!


"To Adam he said "Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, 'You must not eat from it,'
"Cursed is the ground because of you;
through painful toil you will eat food from it
all the days of your life.
It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
And you will eat the plants of the field."
Genesis 3:17,18

30 comments:

Marydon said...

... & He brought forth such beauty in the thistles of life. Sometimes I think god loved weeds most ...
TTFN~
Have a beautiful weekend ~
Marydon

Together We Save said...

I have always thought thistles were so pretty.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I am one of those people who love the thistles,maybe not in my flower beds,but in a pasture.The colour is so vibrant.

Darlene said...

Thistles do have their own beauty. Nice post.

Sharon said...

Pretty, but they do 'bite'!

Sarah said...

You captured their beauty marvelously.

Delighted to meet you today. I hope you don't mind if I splash around a bit to get to know you. This looks like a refreshing place to dip my toes into some serious goodness.

Splashin,
Sarah

Joanne said...

Beautiful color! They are definitely a flower to handle with care. I didn't know about their medicinal qualities.
Blessings, Joanne

Karin said...

I, too, enjoy seeing the beautiful thistles, plus I take a daily Milk Thistle tablet!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I like thistles and always seems to photograph them when they are full of bees :)

Glad you received the Bertolli gift set, Ginny! Hope you can find their sauce in your local store so you can use the coupon fr a fre jar and make a nice pasta dish ')

SweetMarie said...

I think they're very pretty! Thanks for the info, I love learning and seeing pretty stuff on your blog!

pam said...

They are pretty but I'm not thrilled with them in my yard. They are horrid to step on and I love bare feet on grass.

SquirrelQueen said...

Thistle flowers are so pretty, great shots Ginny. I love to see them along the road or by the ponds and lakes but I don't want them in my yard.

Doris Sturm said...

I take Milk Thistle every day for my Hep C and hope and pray it will prolong the damage.

I think the plant is beautiful too, but I've not seen it grow around here.

Hope you are doing well, Ginny. Happy Friday and a great weekend ;-)
Doris and Gizy

Melanie said...

Pretty from a distance...:)

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

The flower is so lovely and if it were not for them getting out of control I would love to plant a few but the thorns are scary too.

Hope your day is blessed.

LC said...

Your thistle flowers do have a beautiful color. Have a great weekend!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

My husband sure does hate those thistles when he's trying to keep them out of our hay field!

reanaclaire said...

Over here, I never seen such beautiful thistles... nice shots, Ginny.. have a nice weekend!

Sandra said...

they are beautiful, weeds are not. i love all wild flowers and the colors on these are really pretty. thorns, not so much, and I am thinking i could not go barefoot around these plants. I like the sign in the header.

amycloud said...

Beautiful pictures. Beautiful thoughts. Blessings to you today.

Maple Lane said...

Pretty pictures and I love the color!

Annie said...

I have to agree with you Ginny; thistles are great beauties. And, like all great beauties, they have to be handled with respect and care so they can be fully enjoyed.

Remington said...

They are so pretty! Have a fun weekend, my friend!

S. Etole said...

The butterflies and gold finch love them, too! I didn't realize they could be used for medicinal purposes.

Fred Alton said...

Good one, Ginny. Love seeing the thistle flowers - but don't like getting stuck by the thorny edges.

Ann said...

they are pretty but defintely a look but don't touch kind of thing :)

Lynn said...

Ginny, I love thistles, which is not surprising as I love any wildflower and so many are "weeds" per se. I love what Marydon says, "sometimes I think God loves weeds most", I have always loved the "underdog" in life, the wildflowers, the "wannabe's" most. Probably cause all my life I have felt like a "misfit". Since I know without a doubt how much HE loves me, I really like Marydon's thought. Love the color of these thistles. BTW when is your kite festival in Oct this year? Blessings,
Lynn

Chatty Crone said...

I have always wanted to try milk thistle to clean the liver - have you ever used it at all?
sandie

Regina said...

They must of blown over from the Mediterranean as we have these growing here especially in mountainous areas. Your right..it is kind to the liver. Lovely header Ginny-

Rose said...

They are so beautiful...