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What happens when your food blooms?

The artichoke plant is one of the weirdest plants. When it is growing, it funnels all of the water to it’s base. It is a great design for this.

When it grows the artichoke, the one you see in the restaurant or store, it is harvested before it blooms. The flower itself is amazing.

I spotted this blooming artichoke and thought you might want to see it.

The petals open up and look like a Stegasaurus. The blooms erupts from the center and looks like a giant purple sunflower with wispy elements curling in on themselves.

Creation is amazing.

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This is what happens when an Artichoke blooms

An Artichoke in Bloom

         

4 Responses to “What happens when your food blooms?”

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  3. Lizy Says:

    I don’t completely agree. I have alywas enjoyed this aspect of just looking at pretty average plants in pots. In recent years the display gardens have left me cold. I miss the days when the Montreal Botanical Gardens would create something exciting and contemporary. I like the Garden Club section merely because I can sort-of relate to those containers of rosemary and ivy.I believe they have actually downsized that portion significantly over the years. I used to spend a lot of time just looking at the cactus and succulents. I suppose it is that over-the-top wierdness that I like about it. In fact I wish they included judges notes with the actual potted plants that would be far more entertaining! Plus I love seeing the ridiculous concepts people come up with for the theme competitions. Oregano growing in a hollowed out bread so, ummmm . avant garde! Now they seem to devote more space to the floral arrangements and whatnot I can not relate to that stuff. It reminds me so much of the parents in Beetlejuice and their harsh, cold, and wacky 80s decor. It’s trying so damn hard I instantly lose any fun in making light of it. My real criticism is with the show overall. Canada Blooms used to present much more with the gardener in mind but it has been shifting in the past years more and more towards industry people and ultra bourgeoisie trends . My friend Sarah aptly refers to it as The Festival of Sheds . This year it was The Festival of Walls. I am finding myself walking away feeling increasingly disappointed every year. This is why I promote Seedy Saturday so heavily. It may be small and can’t offer lots of flowers and displays but everyone there is a gardener and the vibe that comes off as a result is fun, lively and relaxed. I alywas leave Seedy Saturday with that excitment to start my seeds and with a good feeling about gardeners and the future of gardening as a whole.My other major and most important criticism is in how behind the times they are in even beginning to address organic gardening, sustainability . any environmental concerns whatsoever. There are basically a few speakers talking about gardening organically and a small sprinkling of garden displays and vendors but overall I think they are far too dependant on sponsors like Miracle Gro to make that leap to bringing these ideas to the foreground where they have to be The show is an opportunity to educate homeowners, new gardeners, and possibly present some new ideas to long-term gardeners. These ideas can’t be passed off as marginal or hippie nonsense anymore. It’s irresponsible and lame really to only make small nods to environmental concerns in this day and age. The show presents itself as a forerunner in what’s happening in gardening but the reality is that it is very behind the times and embarrassingly so.

  4. Green Thumb Says:

    Thanks for the great info on Canadian gardening!

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