In some parts of the world thistles are considered a beautiful plant. Not generally in the United States, where it is an invasive non-native. Large, thorny, persistent, pervasive. There have been laws enacted in many states where neighbors can trespass to pull them out of other peoples farms/yards. A truly hated weed by vegetable growers, orchard keepers, cattle farmers..maybe goats can eat them ok..
On our farm the only animal that consumes thistle before it grows out and flowers are the turkeys. And when their pen is moved the thistle is the first thing they seek out and devour. They even fight over who gets to eat them. This year there are no where near as many thistles as last year. The finches like to eat the seeds, and the goldfinch is such a beautiful bird we love to have them here. But the turkeys still get the majority of the plant.
Here is the before:
Stumps's son gets married today, so we are getting ready to see Jerry & Felisha get hitched. Beautiful day for a wedding!