Artichokes in Bloom


My full year of waiting has finally paid off – maybe not for my stomach, but for my eye balls.  If we can’t eat them I may as well enjoy them bloomin’!  Artichokes are slowly opening and showing off their beauty in our raised beds.  Have you ever seen one bloom?  I have only heard of their beauty, so it’s been lovely to watch every day.

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Finally, I woke up one morning, opened up the windows from our bedroom and saw the fuzzy little purple middle peeping out from the middle of the artichokes.  I couldn’t wait to grab my camera and run outside.

Also spotted – a bee that was just swimming in the pollen as if he was in bee heaven.  Can you see him?

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The bloomin’ purple fuzzy middle shots were taken mid-day.  This is also why I insist on first looks for weddings.

Back to the bloomin’ artichokes.

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I also decided to use my Canon 5D Mark III and not be lazy.  I kinda forgot how much I love my crazy expensive money-making camera and 50mm f/1.2L lens.

This below reminded me of the “desert toilet paper” plant that Mr. Wonderful and I discovered while in Sedona a few years ago.  I have no idea what it’s called but I saw it in a six pack and decided I loved the soft texture and white, sage-like color and added it in our garden bed and herb box.

We had two bees in our house the other day.  I don’t know how they got in, as we’ve had bees in our home several times – usually from me taking in a crazy bundle of sweet basil and forgetting to shake it off.  Only this time, I’m not sure how they got in!  But, Mr. handled them.  I have never been stung by a bee before, so I’m unsure if I’m allergic – I am allergic to mosquito bites.  So,…possibly?


Last spring I planted a ton of spring onions.  They did well and somehow survived through the summer.  I left one to get huge.  Out of laziness, and often, out of curiosity just to see what happens.

It finally bloomed.


In the back is purple kale and lettuce.  Pretty much every vegetable and herb will flower if you’re wondering. It has to – it has to produce seeds to have babies!

I see these little bundles of white balls as fake pom pom plants at craft stores.  I always wondered what kinda plant they were and now, I’ve finally discovered it.  It’s not a myth!  It’s a spring onion flower ball!

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I knit, I sew, I garden, and I collect plants.  Give me my social security before the it runs out because I’m an old woman.

I don’t know what these purple cone fuzzy plants are but, they look good.  They will probably die when the summer heat sets in, but for now, I enjoy seeing it from dining room.  Something a bit soft, feminine, and whimsical.


Any one else out there learning about gardening?  I’m still trying to figure out when to harvest my artichokes as we await two more plants to finally push one out.  I’m determined to get it before it hits the too late to turn back bloom stage!

Equipment used: Canon 5D Mark III / 50mm f/1.2L

Diana Elizabeth wanted red, white and blue flowers in her herb box but did you know blue flowers are hard to come by?  So she bought seeds for blue flowers but of course, no luck.

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive antique shopper. You can typically find her in her garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party.


  • Lydia

    Wow, blooming artichokes are so pretty! If you want to try blue flowers again, look for delphinium!

    • Diana Elizabeth

      Hi Lydia, That sounds familiar, I wonder if that’s the seed pack I bought – but I may have planted in correctly! I’ll definitely bookmark it and hope to plant it next time! Thanks!

  • Carrie

    Now I want to plant artichokes. Do they need full sun? Thanks for sharing!!

    • Diana Elizabeth

      Hi Carrie, full-sun to partial shade and zones 7-11 are best. You can ask your local nursery if they work in your location. Also, I noticed I had to divide mine once new ones sprouted next to them and transplant them. They look pathetically dramatic at first but if you continue to water they do just fine in a few days. They get very large so give it 3 feet to spread out!

  • krystal

    Artichokes are BEAUTIFUL in bloom! When I first saw them I had to take a picture immediately and didn’t even realize what they were.


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