Welcome Teacup Friends to
"A Thistle Tea"!
Happy St. Patick's Day on March the 17th
Happy Spring on March the 20th to you!
Instead of featuring shamrocks today, I have decided to share
two recent "Thistle" teacup finds.
Since the Thistle usually initiates growth in the spring, I thought it would be an appropriate choice for this season.
This elegant Thistle teacup is an Addlerley.
Some fun facts about the Thistle:
The Thistle is a national symbol of Scotland, and is known for it's prickly touch.
The thistle flower actually grows these spiny leaves to protect against the flower being eaten by wildlife.
The thistle has gotten a bad reputation as a weed due to it's available to reproduce across fields.
In fact one musk thistle is capable of producing up to 120,000 seeds.
Edible thistles such as the bull thistle can be roasted and eaten.
In fact the seeds can also be used for producing oil and Native Americans used to chew on the petals like chewing gum.
Thistles bloom in a range of colours including yellow and white, however they are most commonly seen in shades of purple.
Many types of insects and butterflies are attracted to Thistles. These include bees and even Goldfinches who use them for building a nest
The thistle is oldest recorded 'National Flower' dating back to the 13th century when the Vikings tried to creep up on Scottish Clansmen, only to walk barefoot over thistles.
This caused one of them to cry out alerting the Scottish army!
Even though many consider the thistle a weed, it does look pretty on a teacup.
I have always fancied mauve and green together.
A "thistle" tablecloth makes the setting complete.
Thank you for visiting me today Dear Friends for
"A Thistle Tea"!
Have a marvelous week!
This week I will be joining these beautiful blogspots:
Friends Sharing Tea
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Tea on Tuesday
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Hope to see you there!
Remember to visit Sandi's special St. Patrick's Day
and First Day of Spring Party during the week of