I realize I may write about food more than anything else, but I’m sorry: I just can’t help it lately. And if you told me I’d be taking pictures of produce ten years ago, I think I might have hung myself from boredom. However silly I sometimes can get (taking pictures of a salad; a beet; a Kombucha bottle; and now an artichoke), I have to say that I’m terribly fascinated by vegetables, fruits, or any other living matter outside. In other words, nature. They’re all just so … so … complex!
This morning while watering the garden I noticed the artichoke plant. It’s never been a heavy producer, and we’d be lucky to get one. Last year nothing happened to the plant, so this year we figured the same thing would happen. But to our great surprise, something has happened; it’s stocked full of artichokes (about 10). Barefoot and feet pressed against the damp summer morning grass, I walked over to the plant. One hand holding a hose, the other holding a cup of tea. Hair long and crazy, shorts and long shirt, and having a conversation with an artichoke: Hey, good morning Artichoke! Nice to meet you. It’s been a while.
I suppose it’s safe to say, a happy gardener has a happy garden.
So, readers, is there anything in your garden this year that has surprised you?