Oh dear. Who's been a slack blogger eh?! Well, I won't go into my excuses (I am sure I could come up with quite a few entertaining ones but I will spare you.) I will say that life has been a bit tricky lately. But I'm back. And wondering what to do with this artichoke that I've managed to grow.
The fellow who sold it to me made a point of asking whether I was planting it purely for ornamental purposes. And I lied. Because he looked like he was going to snatch the thing out of my hands if I wasn't prepared to eat it. And he seemed mighty relieved with my lie. He told me a whole bunch of people had been buying them just for the flowers and that artichokes were truly delicious. And then he went into a lot of tediousness about peeling and searching for fuzzy hearts and olive oil and some other stuff that I pretended to listen to.
But I don't think any artichoke on this tree is destined for the pot. Not this year anyway.