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Did you know that thistles are not only the flower of Scotland? They also are the flower of the French city Nancy with the motto “Qui s’y frotte s’y pique” (“Gather thistles; expect prickles” – or literally “He who rubs against it gets pricked”).

Thistles have always been one of my favourite flowers; so when I saw that the Inktober prompt was “Prickly”, the subject choice was a no-brainer.