teasel seed heads

The wonders of teasel

It is difficult to beat the teasel (Dipsacus fullonum) for the majesty, mystery and architecture that its seed heads bring to the garden. Autumn has to be my favourite time of year, the change from the intense light of summer to the low moody rays of autumn brings something magical to the garden. It is too easy to ‘put the garden to bed’ and clear things away ready for winter but taking a minute…or two…to appreciate the detail can bring its own pleasures. As well as its aesthetic appeal teasel seed heads also attract a range of wildlife to the garden including Gold Finches and other birds. So maybe just leave things for a week or two and enjoy these natural wonders at least while the sun is still shining!

Read more about the common teasel on the RHS & Wildlife Trusts websites.

Rupert Bannister

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