A recent bloomer on the farm (and along a bit of I81, from what I’ve seen) is this thistle, which I think is a Musk Thistle. This wonderful thistle guide from my alma mater helped me identify it.
I’ve found them growing mostly where they are in partial-to-full shade — at the edge of the property under a peach tree, and between two of the gardens under a cedar tree.
Must Thistles are biennials and are evidently pretty invasive. The little spots of pink are easy to spot along the interstate in the Shenandoah Valley. – Stacey Morgan Smith*** This personal blog is comprised solely of the opinions, views, projects, and travels of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She is lucky enough to have loving family and friends whom she drags along with her on her adventures and whom she puts to work on her little farm. She uses this blog to help promote living in the mountains of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.**