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basket of heather, this is for my daughter Heather!

Centauria (Bachelor's button) tab iv by Walter Hood Fitch (Glasgow, 1817–1892). Handcoloured engraving. Fitch produced some 10,000 drawings for various publications, including 2,700 illustrations for Curtis's Botanical Magazine

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Scottish Thistle. It's a love/hate relationship. I hate them because we got seeds in hay one year and they come up in the horse fields every year. But they are also so very beautiful and resilient.

The thistle and the rose - Detail from the Treaty of Perpetual Peace (1502) between England and Scotland which was cemented by the marriage of James IV of Scotland to Princess Margaret, Henry VII’s daughter. The borders of this document illustrate the thistle (James’ emblem), the Tudor rose and the marguerete representing Margaret.

Thistle, common throughout the highlands, islands and lowlands of Scotland, the prickly purple thistle has been Scotland's NATIONAL EMBLEM for centuries. This proud and regal plant, which grows to a height of five feet, has no natural enemies because of the vicious spines that cover and protect it like a porcupine.