I have four plants in the raised beds and multiples of gypsies. Three of the four have decided to gift me with an abundant crop, but my problem, and it's always something, is that I kind of want to let them bloom. Sure I'd like to eat them too. I love artichokes. Hot. Cold. With Butter. With Mayo. Grilled. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
But with this heat we've been having, I think they may have already gone to seed. And let's face it, artichokes are a thistle.
One plant is about six feet tall. That's the first photo. It was the best tasting last year. Hands down. Close up of one of its chokes is the second photo.
The third photo is the choke with meaty leaves. And the four photo is the choke that has a real dense head. I know, you'd think they would all be the same. But they are each unique.