Globe artichokes come through the winter

Globe artichokesThe globe artichokes survived the winter… just. I’m surprised, because they weren’t covered in fleece or protected against frost in any way.

Maybe I just got lucky; I notice that other folks’ plants haven’t fared so well.

I could take this lovely April weather as a sign of things to come, but I made that mistake last year (as did the UK meteorological office). I may even have done it the year before, too.

It’s always a mistake to predict the weather in Britain. This country is a graveyard of meteorologists’ ambitions – just think of poor old Michael Fish. Turns out he didn’t fuck up the hurricane forecast, but it will haunt him to the end of his days.

Best to assume it will all be shit. Usually is.

9 Responses to “Globe artichokes come through the winter”

  1. Jo Says:

    Your artichokes look really healthy. I’m not banking on any good weather this year, anything better than rain all July and August is a bonus then.

  2. Tanya Walton Says:

    If you assume the worst then things can only be better…good philosophy and one I will stick too though at the minute I think I may pray for dry weather in the hopes of a little rain to fill my new water butt!!

  3. Damo Says:

    Looking good, the ‘glass half empty’ approach is probably best where the British weather is concerned. Me, I’ve just bought a load of charcoal, bring on the summer!

  4. greenmantle Says:

    Globe artichokes are quite hardy in my experience. I had some on the old plot in Kent but never covered them. They came back every year, come frost, snow, or drought. In the end the bloody things proved almost impossible to irrdicate.

  5. Rham Says:

    Yep, just as Greenmantle says, artichokes are very hardy and pretty much adapted to this climate. They can even over compete with the plague of bindweeds that affects their bed in my plot!

  6. Manor Stables Veg Plot Says:

    If I ever feel down about my growing, I visit your site….and feel more depressed! Its the positive themes that just push me into a more optimistic outlook. ;o)

  7. Soilman Says:

    Well that’s music to my ears, Cat. Delighted to be of service.

  8. allotment blogger Says:

    I cut the outer leaves from mine in November and pile them up around the heart of the plant – they rot down and look ghastly and then in about February off it goes again, like a rocket. I think the only thing it does is speed up the resurrection – mine tend to be about two weeks ahead of neighbouring artichokes in growth.

  9. digsy Says:

    i had 3 beautiful plants grown from seed last year – sadly theyve all been lost to the particularly hard winter we had here in the midlands. reading around, it seems my problem may well have been the relatively damp soil they were sitting in. they were absolutely majestic so maybe i’ll try again in another spot. ps. i did try and cook a couple of the heads but result was very disgusting (and i love artichoke in restaurants!). maybe i left them on the plant too long?