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Greater Knapweed - Centaurea scabies is big and showy, like a cross between a cornflower and a thistle, with whiskery petals in a whorl. It is a valuable nectar source for insects and a favourite flower of butterflies, including the Marbled White and Dark Green Fritillary. It also has therapeutic properties, and was once used in skin ointments to heal wounds and infections. Centaurea scabiosa is a truly outstanding wild flower which outshines many cultivated plants.

Greater Knapweed - Centaurea scabies is big and showy, like a cross between a cornflower and a thistle, with whiskery petals in a whorl. It is a valuable nectar source for insects and a favourite flower of butterflies, including the Marbled White and Dark Green Fritillary. It also has therapeutic properties, and was once used in skin ointments to heal wounds and infections. Centaurea scabiosa is a truly outstanding wild flower which outshines many cultivated plants.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh was an architect, water colourist and artist born in Glasgow in 1868 and died in 1928.He represented art nouveau in the UK. In this design he takes influence from the organic, colourful work that surrounds him.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh was an architect, water colourist and artist born in Glasgow in 1868 and died in 1928.He represented art nouveau in the UK. In this design he takes influence from the organic, colourful work that surrounds him.

This is amazing.  I have wanted to throw wild flower seeds in my yard's bare patches for years but was too scared. What was I scared of?  This is beauty au naturel!

This is amazing. I have wanted to throw wild flower seeds in my yard's bare patches for years but was too scared. What was I scared of? This is beauty au naturel!

Maria Clara Eimmart (1676-1707). Phase of the Moon, Phases of Venus, Aspect of Jupiter, Aspect of Saturn, late 17th century

Maria Clara Eimmart (1676-1707). Phase of the Moon, Phases of Venus, Aspect of Jupiter, Aspect of Saturn, late 17th century

“One person's weed is another person's wildflower.” ~Susan Wittig Albert, An Unthymely Death and Other Garden Mysteries

“One person's weed is another person's wildflower.” ~Susan Wittig Albert, An Unthymely Death and Other Garden Mysteries

Vincent van Gogh, "Wheat Field with Cornflowers", oil on canvas, 60.0 x 81.0 cm, July, 1890.  Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, Switzerland.

Vincent van Gogh, "Wheat Field with Cornflowers", oil on canvas, 60.0 x 81.0 cm, July, 1890. Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, Switzerland.

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