Artichokes ~ Architectural and Edible, that’s a win-win!

I’ll let the photos do the talking

I’ve been waiting to share these with you for some time now. But I’ve had to wait for the final Ta Dah! moment before I could fully share them.

and then it starts all over again

All the photos have been taken on my allotment and are shown in date order. I hope, like me, you think its been worth the wait !

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86 thoughts on “Artichokes ~ Architectural and Edible, that’s a win-win!

  1. Really fantastic photographs here, I love macro photography but sometimes it gets lost in a sea of messy and uncomposed formal elements, however this does not apply to your work as you have done a fantastic job at capturing such detail and alluring colours and shapes. Well done!

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    • Thank you fo ryour kind compliments. Sometimes I think I get to focused (sorry for the pun! ) on macro shots and should really try others, but then I get tempted back into macro and away I go again !

  2. I started a Violet de Provence last year by seed. Not much happened the first season, but this year IT EXPLODED. A thing of beauty! I’m sure my pruning was all wrong and I let it grow wild, but I harvested almost 50 artichokes from a single plant.

  3. I’ll say it’s worth the wait!! Wow, these really are incredible, they’ve grown to such a perfect shape and size. I love how you’ve photographed them from different zoom and angles. These are frame-worthy photos I think! Have you eaten on yet? They must be out of this world fresh!!

    • Thanks Smidge ! But me being me I look at the photos and think could do better…. I’d love to be able to shoot from exactly the same angle each time but nature has a way of not cooperating properly and moves and grows :)
      We’ve eaten all the artichokes a while ago, this batch I deliberately left on the plant for me and the bees to enjoy :)

    • I was given two plants, but I starte dsome from seed this year so I’ll get round to planting them out, but I think I should wait now until early Spring for that, actually I should go and check up in one of my books !!
      So basically I got some seeds, plonked them in a flower pot with some standard compost, all outdoors, and then let them grow on. You do need to remember to water them while they are still in their pots as they can dry out quickly. Writing this makes me realise I should have plante dthem out this summer ! Then I let them settle in, leave them alone for a year, and then in the 2nd year you can start to pick them. They say to pick out the central stalk to encourage growth. Hope this helps :)

  4. Well worth the wait, Claire. An artichoke in bloom is a wondrous thing. It’s a shame they taste so good or more of us would be familiar with its blooms. But they do taste that good and while I truly do appreciate the photos, all I could think of is how I would have prepared the artichoke for dinner. :)

  5. The purple colour is amazing. I can’t say that I’ve ever tried artichokes. The effort (endless peeling, lemon wash) always seemed to be too much for very little return vegetable wise. :)

  6. Growing up in California I just took artichokes for granted….common table fare. Your photo chronicle shows the artichoke in a new light….the structural symmetry is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

    • They really are things of beauty to me, I wish we had a bigger garden as I’d definitely grow them there as well as the allotment. I guess I can’t have my proverbial cake and eat it in this instance !

  7. Lovely photos! I too, grow artichokes and we enjoyed several about a week ago. Went on vacation and came home to another batch ready to be harvested! This is the best year I’ve had for growing artichokes!

  8. I do love artichokes. So disappointing they cannot be grown here. The ones that arrive in the store are often sad specimens. I dream of the baby artichokes sauteed whole that I had in California. And I can see they would definitely be a plus ornamentally, especially with the purple thistle-like flower.

    • It seems there are a few of you where it’s simply too cold for them to grow, what a shame. And your mentioning baby artichokes sauted remindes me of John (from the Bartolini Kitchen) and his love of them !! you’re in good company !

    • Thank you! I wish I had a bit more room on the allotment so I could really stand back to photograph them, as it is they have a cucmbe rframe running up against them! Oh well I guess I should focus on the positives !!

  9. Aren’t these exquisite veggies? I love steaming them and eating them leaf by leaf after being dipped in a favourite sauce. Yes, I think I will buy myself one…this is making me drool!

  10. These are so beautiful and I don’t think I’ve ever seen the full cycle of an artichoke…how interesting! You showed amazing restraint leaving some to flower…not sure I could have kept from eating them all.

  11. Wow! What knockout photos. I loved going through the whole progression. I am starting some purple artichokes from seed and am looking forward to seeing how those turn out. I think that architectural really is the best word to describe the stately appeal of an artichoke plant…

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  13. I’m hoping I can manage to get some artichokes to grow here one of these days. I’ve grown cardoon (in Washington) and loved it for its similar beauties, and would be delighted if either (or both) will share my Texas plot eventually.

  14. This is beautiful. I had never seen an artichoke in bloom. They are absolutely beautiful. Are they from the thistle family, I wonder? Three of those beautiful flowers paired with dry birch twigs would be so lovely to decorate with. Thank you for sharing! :)

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