A flower on the globe artichoke

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.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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6 Responses to A flower on the globe artichoke

  1. Your approach to learning is sound

  2. You’re going to be delighted with whatever that plant produces, Helen. You have a great attitude.

    • Helen says:

      Thank you, Alys. I’ve only ever eaten the flower once and was rather puzzled about what to do. I might try again as the hearts are tasty but it might be better to leave it for the insects.

  3. I agree that an internet search often disappoints and just waiting to see what happens can be much more satisfying. I look forward to hearing more about this lovely plant

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