Wednesday, June 01, 2022

Artee-chokes

The artichokes in our back yard have made their flower buds, so here's the annual portrait. It probably won't be the last. We had a surprise last year when a new artichoke plant came up in the vegetable garden. It survived winter and is now a couple of feet tall, with a nice flower bud in the center. I think the plant probably sprouted from seed. The garden plot is where I pile the dead stalks and their seed heads in the fall before I dispose of them. One of the seeds must have survived and sprouted.

Flower heads on the artichoke plant.

I didn't get the tomatoes planted in the ground yesterday, but I did make some progress. I dug the holes (not easy in the parched concrete-like soil) and filled them with water a couple of times to soften the dirt around them. I'm going to try to get the seedlings in today. The week is warming up and some rain is predicted toward the weekend. This is my window of opportunity. There are also some zucchini seedlings ready to go in as well.

9 comments:

  1. Such surprisingly beautiful plants. Wishing you rain and warmer weather.

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  2. Good luck with the seedlings. Are you going to try to lay the watering strips again this year? Kiwi

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  3. Would it be any easier to plant some things if you soaked the ground first or would you just get mud?

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  4. That must have been a tough job, with as many plants as you do in that big garden, and the soil still so hard. Yikes.
    Good luck with the new glasses!

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  5. Why don't you eat the artichokes? Are they not large enough?

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    1. Diane, I suppose they’re only conversation pieces. How’s life in Poitou-Charentes?

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    2. You must have me confused with another Diane. I live in Chico, California.

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  6. Artichokes are such interesting plants. I had a couple of volunteers one year in my North Carolina garden. Wishing you rain and warmer temperatures.
    BettyAnn

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  7. They all look so "Audrey II" to me!

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