Friday, August 10, 2012

Pink Saturday Social

Time for another Pink Saturday Blog Social
Thanks to Beverly at How Sweet The Sound

This week nature has provide me with more pink and yellow colors for my post. Due to health problems we have not been keeping up with the maintenance on our country property and unfortunately weeds have overtaken a steep bank in our backyard. Fortunately however some weeds produce beautiful flowers like the wild daisies we had in the spring and most recently the pinkish/purple flowers blooming on the very tall, dangerously spiky, thistle plants. 
This week I've been thankful for the opportunity to have these weeds growing right outside my window because (unbeknownst to me) American Goldfinches love to eat thistle seed. We've been enjoying watching these gorgeous yellow and black birds pull out the plant down which they use for nesting material and devour the seeds.  We had been spraying the weeds with weed killer but we have stopped since seeing the birds.  The photo is a bit blurred but it's was the best I could get for now. I'm hoping to get a bit closer. 
Now there is a down-side to their activity too. As they pull out the down to get to the seeds a lot of seed sticks to the down as it falls to the ground. It's natures way of re-seeding to produce more thistle plants for next year. We have lived here over 40 years, but this is the first time we have had the pleasure of experiencing these natural beauties. 
Happy Pink Saturday my friends!


  1. Weed or not, sometimes they produce lovely blooms. This is one of them! Hope your feeling better soon……Happy Pink Saturday.

    The French Hutch

  2. What a wonderful blessing. What is it I have seen lately? Mom gave me a book lately which has the saying I've been seeing. Here it is: "You can complain because the rosebushes have thorns...or you can rejoice because the thorns have roses." Looks like you have quite a bit of rejoicing around those thorny thistles.

    Health problems can really set one back a bit. Sometimes, you don't even realize just how far back until you're feeling better. Hope you all get well quickly. In the meantime, enjoy the show of nature you've got there!

    PS I mentioned your blog on my Pink Post this weekend.

    Happy Pink Saturday!

  3. Lovely thistle blooms. Visiting from Pink Saturday.

    Wedding Anniversary Pink, your comment will mean so much!

  4. That is lovely to see the best in a situation and acknowledge that best here. Keep smiling!

  5. Hi Linda,
    Nature is so amazing, isn't it? Thanks for your comment on my cakes post. I told my sister what you said and she thought it was really sweet! I love watching Cupcake Wars, by the way! I'll bet those cupcakes were yummy!
    Hugs, Cindy

  6. We got the same here. Those are lovely weed flowers..

    Visiting from Pink Saturday- hope you can stop by..

  7. Hi Linda, Thanks for following my blog and for your sweet comments. I love that goldfinch, I haven't seen one of those in years! I also liked the birthday card you made for Beverly's birthday. And I thought that pink rose was real at first! You are creative! I'm a new follower.
    Hugs from me and Wilma

  8. Hi Linda, What a great make lemonaid out of lemons story! I love watching birds and that is fabulous that you caught this little beauty on camera. I encounter these thistles when I hike and they are annoying! Thanks for your visit. Happy Pink Saturday. ~Marti

  9. You know Linda, our garden is much the same as we just haven't been able to tend the garden this year. I agree though, the wildflowers even the weeds are often very beautiful and make a beautiful wild palette with no help from us at all :)
    Hugs June x

  10. Those weeds are amazing. They have blossomed int something amazing.

  11. What pretty flowers, and most beautiful bird, Linda! Nature right outside one's window can be so lovely.

    Enjoy a new week,

  12. I know all about thistle plants :) They are so spiky! Yours look so pretty.

    Belated Happy Pink Saturday to you!


  13. Those are beautiful Linda. I have been thinking how nice it would be to start a natural garden instead of grass. We all waste so many valuable resources to make our lawns look green.

  14. Beautiful thistle blooms, Linda!

    Just saw your last few made so many beautiful things while I was away! Once again you have done a wonderful job! Love your latest creations:)



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