Queen of the Artichokes

Artichoke Queen

Last summer I put two artichoke plants in my garden. They mostly sat there while my tomatoes took over everything, and sat there still while the pumpkins curled through the yard and then rotted where they grew because I had to abandon everything in preparation for my surgery. So imagine my surprise when I went out to the side of the house and found this! Sometime during our wet winter and short spring the artichoke plants exploded. I have dozens of them. I had to toss out a bunch that had already gone to flower, and there are still more than I could ever eat. Turns out artichokes are just late bloomers, but they’ve made up for the extra time they needed.