About a year ago, a little more, I had my garden refurbished. The lawn was removed and I had two raised beds for my herbs and other useful plants. I also had a wide border around the garden. I discussed with the gardening lady, the architect, which plants I wanted and told her nothing that would only live a year, but perennials. I am getting too old for hopping around in the garden renewing plants and I wanted a relaxed garden.
We discussed various plants and I got a good result. there was one mysterious plant that was growing, but only made some strange leaves. I decided to leave it and wait and see. This year my patience has been rewarded. I remember discussing with the garden architect that I would like one of those ornamental thistles. She said they might be difficult to find but would do her best.
And now I have discovered that this mystery was an ornamental thistle. Today I noticed that the top of the plant has a thistle similar head and there are no thorns to be seen. It is only the beginning and now I am waiting and hoping for flowers to appear.