Saturday, October 16, 2010
Artichoke Senescence and Rebirth
So the artichoke flowered gloriously and then the brilliance of the flowers slowly faded into large dry straw colored souvenirs of summer.
There still were a few seeds clinging to the flower heads. I teased them out to set them free.
Once the new season's growth was convincingly established from the plant's crown, I finally cut down the flower spike.
Sorry to see it go, but there's going to be more where that came from. Next spring I hope to actually harvest some edible 'chokes, but even if I don't the big purple blossoms are welcome.