First, a photo of the back garden area, aka the privet hedge garden:
That does not look like much, but the echinacea, borage, and Joe Pye weed will by this time next year have colonized the area. It will be a riot of blossoms and butterflies.
You may, if you are a long-time reader, remember the Dill Plant That Ate Newnan (RIP). Pfft. That plant was a piker compared to the Cardoon That Couldn’t Be Stopped.
The acanthus-looking leaf there is the cardoon plant one year ago after arriving from the Growers Exchange.
Here it is in its second year of life. And it has a secret. Yesterday I peered into the rising central stalk and…
The thistles have arrived! Yes, they are cousins to artichokes (which are themselves thistles); one cooks and eats them basically the same way. I counted six on their way, and I bet there are more.