Friday, July 23, 2010

French Artichokes

Tonight we went for dinner at this cute French bistro in Ballard called Anita's. Our dinner was delicious and I couldn't stop admiring the view...these amazing flowers!

Globe Artichoke,Cynara Scolymus, was included on one of Jefferson's first lists of vegetables grown at Monticello in 1770. His Garden Book sporadically charted the first to "come to table" and the "last dish of artichokes" from 1794 and 1825. Also known as French Artichoke, this native of southern Europe has been in cultivation since the 1500s. Globe Artichokes are not reliably hardy in Virginia, as Jefferson acknowledged in his letter to his Parisian friend, Madame de Tessé, in 1805: " . . . we can have neither figs nor artichokes without protection from the winter." To grow as an annual, sow seeds in pots indoors during late winter and transplant seedlings to the garden. Globe Artichokes need rich, well-prepared soil, plenty of sun, and even moisture. The edible "chokes" develop by mid-summer and several can be harvested during the season. If left on the plant, they will develop into a purple, thistle-like flower.

The Snohomish Garden Tour is this Sunday.
Snohomish is known for it's beautiful gardens so you won't be dissapointed.
If you need tickets we are selling them at Joyworks and they are $12.00 each.


LuLu Kellogg said...

These flowers are beautiful!


Beth E-R said...

Ballard has so many swell places to eat at, shop at and visit. I'll keep my eye out for Anita's on our next adventure there.