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Candace

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I've grown artichokes for several years. We like them, although they are work to eat. But, I actually enjoy letting them go to flower rather than picking and eating. They aren't recognized as much of a landscape plant, but they are gorgeous when in bloom. This plant is actually a volunteer from last year. The mother plant is located on one end of my G.h and the wind must have blown some seed about 8 ft. down along one side.



Here's a close-up of the flower. They're probably 7- 8 inches in diameter:

 

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wild, I just cant see that with melted cheese, spinach and chips
 

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I'd cook them, but I promise, you don't want to eat these:> Might be a bit tickly going down. Cough. I've been lazy this season and haven't made a one. They're great steamed with garlic butter or with olive oil on the BBQ. Best to cut them when they haven't started opening yet as the earwigs set up house pretty fast.
 

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