I bought a globe artichoke to eat. I forgot about it and it dried out.
So I thought I would add it to my collection of dried out, but beautiful natural things, always good to photograph or add to a still life picture.
How did that happen? It was completely withered. I was very surprised. So I thought I’d better put it in some water, but I’m not sure that was the correct thing to do.
Of course I have seen these plants, in fact I took pictures of some in Oxford. Still I hadn’t associated them with globe artichokes. How is it that they flower when they’re withered? What would happen if you put the fresh vegetable in water just after buying it? I may experiment. I’m very impressed. Maybe I’ll buy many of them and do the same thing to them all, they would look lovely on a windowsill. I can’t believe I’d never made that connection… so much to learn!