Last year we took a field trip to a farm to buy heirloom plants for our garden. The farmer had a flat of artichoke plants. She told us that it probably wouldn’t grow but, if it did, we wouldn’t get an artichoke but we might get the thistle. Artichokes aren’t meant to grown in Virginia. You’ll never see an artichoke in the store with a “Virginia Grown” label. We planted it and forgot about it. It didn’t even rate a picture. It does now-lots of them. It’s about seven feet tall and has 19 artichokes. Before the artichokes, it looked like a beautiful grey green dragon. The weight of the chokes and the rise in temperature and humidity is taking its toll. We’ll have to cut it back soon if we want it to survive. But for now, we sit in amazement. It is our little miracle.
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