Thursday, April 30, 2009

This is how the artichoke look

My friend, Kris, asked how the artichoke would look when it is fully opened. This week when I'm back to Tuysonvien, the plant has already been wilting. But the flower heads were still in good shape.
I took this photo to show Kris how the bloom would look. It does look pretty, doesn't it? I think it is among the few blooms that are huge. It measures almost a foot across.

Not many people let their plants come to this stage. They would cut the blooming heads just a few days after they started to bloom, for cooking. But I didn't intend to use the plant as food so I let it be.
My next task now is to clear the plant and nurse the new seedlings that are coming up for next year's show.


Kris said...

Ha Xuan, thanks for posting that pic. I've never seen an artichoke in bloom. Over here they are always sold closed, for eating. A foot across? Goodness, how wonderful to have a flower that large. The flower and the plant reminds me of the thistle family. You have such interesting plants in your gardens. So kind of your to share!

Hà Xuân said...

My pleasure, Kris.