Monday, June 29, 2009

Artichoke

It’s not very often that I get to see an artichoke in full bloom. I spotted this one in a neighbor’s yard and went home to get my camera.

I have many photos of ordinary thistle blooms and whenever I see the extra large artichoke blooms I’m reminded that the lovely vegetable I like to dip in lemon butter or toss with pasta is really a member of the thistle family.

8 comments:

Lisa said...

This is so cool--never seen anything like it...Thanks for bringing the most beautiful things right to my computer screen!

Kate said...

I love artichokes but the task of eating them does not appeal to me so I usually avoid them. The bloom in the photo looks like a huge "puff ball!" Such an exquisite colour!!

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

I had never seen an artichoke growing before. The Scottsdale Community COllege athletic teams are called the "Artichokes," by the way.

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

I have never seen an artichoke in bloom and thanks for the lesson the thistle family.

Daily Chicago Photo said...

The color is lovely.

I've never seen an artichoke in bloom. I didn't know they did bloom! I always thought they grew closer to the ground like cabbages. Although, I knew you had to dig out the stringy thistle stuff from an artichoke before cooking them, I didn't realize they were in the thistle family. I've learned something.

Jarart said...

I've never seen one blooming before! Excellent!

Memphis MOJO said...

Great shot!

I sometimes eat artichokes the hard way. One of my favorite Memphis restaurants has artichoke dip, and that is much easier.

JM said...

Beautiful!