Story & Photo – Joseph Boyle
Some of you may remember last year when I wrote a story titled, Artichokes Discovered In Lakewood. This September, I feel compelled to write Chapter II. Check out my photo of the same artichoke plant taken later in the season.
We did not pick the artichokes in order to see what might happen next. We missed a good meal or two, but were blessed with Mother Nature’s treat in the form of several artichoke blossoms. We were surprised. It was an unexpected gift of nature.
Compared to my long-term mental image of artichokes displayed in the produce section of our local Safeway, it is amazing to me that we can grow artichokes in Lakewood.
Artichokes can be both an epicurean delight and a visual aesthetic treat. Enough said. Check out my photo, which tells the entire story.
Kim Roberts says
Wonderful article, beautiful photos! Love the artichoke in bloom~so interesting to learn about these plants that can grow here in our neighborhood, thankyou for sharing!
Kinda looks like a sea anemone sitting in shallow water. Very pretty.
Doug Price says
Nice picture Joe. Now let it develop a little further and then cut it and dry it. They make very interesting dried flowers. Just don’t ask me to eat one; I think they taste awful. I’ve tried several times to grow them from seed for the flowers, without success, but it looks like I’ll have success this year on a store-bought plant.