Winter British flowers

Today’s posy includes natural and golden teasel. These spiky seedheads remain after the tiny purple flowers have fallen off. Teasels self-seed easily on any soil-type and are a great addition to a wildlife-friendly garden, as their seeds are a welcome winter food source for goldfinches. Could it be they are also carnivorous? It is possible that they trap insects in the puddles that form in the curved leaves at the base of the stem and they may benefit from absorbing extra nutrients this way.

The name teasel comes from their use in the textile industry to comb or ‘tease’ wooll to ‘increase the nap’ to make woollen blankets and garments more fluffy or felty.