MindiHammerstone said:Hand pulling. I was hoping that getting them out before they had a chance to drop seeds would kind of weed them out, no pun intended...lol. I didn't even think about them coming back from roots though I did try to get all the roots. And then you feel a snap and know you didn't get the entire root. Iam scared of herbicides. I am sorry about your 🌹 roses. And thistles sometimes stab you through your gloves. I dislike those things very much. My neighbor doesn't seem to mind them unfortunately.
IF -- IF -- that is a perennial thistle, Canadian and some others, you are in a world of hurt as it will reproduce and it seems , to me, where there was one plant now there will be two or three.
Those thistles on the edge of the picture will also send rhizomes over now to join the ones you removed.
You will either have use a systemic vegetation killer carefully or you they will never go away and get worse.
You will find out some time later this year if they are the perennial type, plus next spring there will more young'uns coming up.
I am not saying this to scare you but if they are perennial, just the facts ma'am.