Artichokes in flower

Globe artichoke flowerI should have cut this off, but I didn’t have the heart. Besides, I’m kind of curious to see what it’s like. I’ve never seen a globe artichoke in flower.

I grew these from seed, and they’ve been surprisingly successful. They all got pretty big, and they’re obviously keen to form flowers.

I reckon next year I’ll get a great harvest. If the frosts don’t get ’em, that is.

A bloody big ‘if’.

8 Responses to “Artichokes in flower”

  1. Carrie Says:

    Artichoke flowers are gorgeous! Best of luck for next year, fingers crossed for you.

  2. Soilman Says:

    You’re very kind, Carrie. Too kind, probably. If I did a bit more work, I’d need less luck!

  3. Tanya Walton Says:

    I’ve never seen an artichoke bloom either so can you put a pic. up of it in full bloom too…looks like it will be quite eye catching…I’ve never eaten an artichoke either!!

  4. Christina Says:

    You’re going to LOVE the flower, the craziest shade of electric purple.

    I’ve never grown artichokes from seed; I’m quite impressed!

  5. Soilman Says:

    It was embarrassingly easy, Christina. All the books said growing them from seed was difficult, that the plants would be stunted and get mildew etc etc. So I expected disaster at any minute… but it never happened. They grew, like any other seed, and produced plants.

    Probably outrageous beginner’s luck.

  6. Jo Says:

    I’ve never eaten Artichokes before, but I’ve seen them in flower. They’re fabulous. Well done on growing from seed.

  7. FlowerPowerGirl Says:

    Dammit! I cut all the remaining chokes off mine, not thinking that letting them flower would be nice. I look forward to your photos.

    I grew mine from seed last year not expecting much given the pessimism in most books/mags. A couple of the plants are growing suckers at the side now so clearly want to multiply. Apparently, the suckers should be transplanted in Spring so I need to wait.

  8. Angie Says:

    The flowers are fabulous – the colour of your background.