Blooming Artichokes!

All About Bees 11.24.13
My artichoke harvest is so plentiful I always leave some for the honey bees to enjoy.
  • Leida R
    Leida R Tampa, FL
    WOW!!! THIS IS LOVELY!!! I myself did not know that they bloom. Thanks for sharing this info with us.
  • Susan S
    Susan S Fredericksburg, VA
    WOW is right!! I thought these were some sort of under sea exotic "things"!! They're gorgeous!
  • Becky (J) P
    Becky (J) P Highland, IL
    for some reason, I read your title in an English accent....."Bloomin' Artichokes"
  • Ellen H
    Ellen H Cullman, AL
    Very cool. Douglas, I thought the pictures resembled thistle. I am afraid I don't know much about artichokes - I've only eaten what comes in a jar or a dip.
  • Vivian S
    Vivian S Harper Woods, MI
    How lovely. I never saw artichokes growing and had no idea they had a bloom beyond the edible portion. Are they hard to grow?
  • Michele Ferrari
    Michele Ferrari Clearlake, CA
    Vivian, in the area where I live they are very easy to grow and require very little care. As a matter of fact they have a tendency to take over the garden your not careful.
  • Mary
    Mary Hughes, AR
    Under the Sea!!!
  • Leida R
    Leida R Tampa, FL
    Susan S, I thought the same thing you did. LOL!!!
  • Michele Ferrari
    Michele Ferrari Clearlake, CA
    The two photos with the blue backdrop were taken against our above ground pool. It does in fact, give it an under the sea appearance. =)
  • Becky
    Becky Blair, NE
    Thank you Douglas. I knew they looked familiar, but I could not place what they reminded me of. We have a big problem with wild thistles here so I should have recognized that right away.
  • Ide C
    Ide C Highland Park, IL
    really neat. love to eat them, especially Italian way, pressed down and fried, stem left on. never saw them growing tho. interesting!
  • Carol S
    Carol S Warwick, RI
    How - do I start a crop of them. Do you think they will grow in RI??
  • Vera DeWeese
    Vera DeWeese Manassas, VA
    Ide--could you give more detail on cooking them--sounds wonderful!
  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    Carol, it's tricky growing artichokes where winters are as cold as they are in Rhode Island, but see these tips from the Connecticut Agricultural Experimentation Station:
  • Kathy Degenhart
    I planted one for fun last year after seeing a globe artichoke blooming at Disney World. Didn't get any artichoke but it had interesting foliage. I was surprise this spring when it came up again. Still no artichokes, but the foliage is pretty.
Michele Ferrari