Thursday, June 27, 2013

Artichokes as art

I grow artichokes, though not completely successfully here in Southern California. It is often too hot and dry, so to get any, is a thing of beauty by itself.
This one plant tends to give too many artichokes at one time, thus they are small and not completely tasty. So, just this time, I let them do their thing by letting them go to bloom.
Have you ever seen them bloom? You know the "choke" you take out when you eat the heart? That is the future bloom. And it is spectacular!
In fact, I had to cut some to bring them in, they are so beautiful.
It is no wonder that the color draws bees....

This arrangement will last for several days and once I had it for weeks....It depends on heat and humidity.

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