One of the joys of growing a plant I have no horticultural experience of is the suspense. What will happen when?
Thus, early this morning, whilst out with the watering can, I saw the beginnings of the first globe artichoke flower. ‘First’ may be a tad presumptuous but I am hopeful that the plant will continue to flourish and produce more in the future. This is after all only its third summer.
What surprises me the most is that the plant itself is still relatively small. All the globe artichoke plants I am aware of ever having seen were towering structures. So, now I’m wondering if it simply takes many years for these great edifices of the herbaceous world to reach their full potential.
Of course, I could do an internet search to find the requisite answer. That would be spoiling it, though, in more ways than one. It is tiresome that search engines frequently fail to throw up the most reliable source. It is also a shame to circumvent the eventual surprise. Or disappointment.