Prickly but pretty. Kind of like my Preteen.
I was trying to find a Scottish connection today as an excuse to post a thistle picture. I did find that, 405 years ago today, King James VI of Scotland was crowned the first king of Great Britain. You’ll have to make do with that.
More pertinent to me, but unrelated to thistles, I found out in researching the previous factoid, that exactly 30 years ago today, Louise Brown was born. The first in vitro fertilization baby! (She’s now had a baby of her own — fortunately, without needing extra assistance.)
And also more pertinent to me, unrelated to IVF or Scotland, but tangentially related to thistles:
I saw the first ragweed pollen show up in the daily pollen counts I get in my email inbox. Dang. Here we go.
Why can’t we train these guys to preferentially pick up ragweed pollen and take it home? It would be a win-win situation.