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  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to BenWilson,

    Victory Garden...

    ...but don't try that in Amerika

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4959 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    ...but don't try that in Amerika

    Unless you happen to be the First Lady, in which case it's all good. Both Roosevelt and Obama...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8523 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand, in reply to BenWilson,

    We have been growing these for some years. The buds in your photo are a little past optimum harvesting time but still should be good. Cut them approximate to the nearest lateral, to ensure more buds. You can cut back the quasi-petals, to shape the artichoke more like a cup. Soak them in a very large pot of cold water, to remove various crawlies (there are likely to be earwigs etc); change the water add a good squeeze of lemon juice and bring to the boil. Boil for 20-30 minutes, or until a quasi-leaf pulls off easily.
    I prefer to dip the base of each leaf in some soft butter and scrap the pith off the base with my teeth. Progressively move towards the centre of the bud (compost the discarded leafs but don't put them down the waste disposal as they will clog it up). Once the immature interior leaves are reached (too soft and floppy) , discard these and them scoop out the immature stamens with a spoon. What you will be left with the cup-shaped artichoke heart (you could consider it the the ovary of the flower!). Melt some butter in this and eat it entire. Heaven!

    It is food as work but there is nothing quite like a freshly harvested artichoke.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2311 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    You could also consult www.simply recipes.com Putting in. ‘How to cook and eat an artichoke’ as it has photos

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2311 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    If you don't harvest the buds, they open to stamens of the most intense blue. Like a giant thistle, which they essentially are

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2311 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    Melt some butter in this and eat it entire. Heaven!

    Yum. Lunch, tomorrow.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8523 posts Report Reply

  • ChrisW, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

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    If you don't harvest the buds, they open to stamens of the most intense blue. Like a giant thistle, which they essentially are

    Something like this? Wouldn't want that to happen, eh. :-)

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 833 posts Report Reply

  • Jos,

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    Here's a look around my new bonsai tree, it came with a friend

    and moss around the bottom! :)

    Whakatane • Since Jan 2012 • 858 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

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    It’s always spring, in the Singapore Garden By The Bay, so rumour has it.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2137 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to ChrisW,

    omething like this? Wouldn’t want that to happen, eh. :-)

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    Actually, they are bloody gorgeous (sight & taste)sprinkled over a simple omelet-

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to JacksonP,

    Love the squiggly pink chrissies!

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3447 posts Report Reply

  • Jos,

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    something seems to have happened to this thread, lots of posts have gone.


    Cat snap

    Whakatane • Since Jan 2012 • 858 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to Jos,

    something seems to have happened to this thread, lots of posts have gone.

    Really? From where I sit, New Zealand seemed to completely fall off the internet yesterday, and this morning I was able to open the Public Address front page, but none of the threads would open until five minutes ago.

    Beijing • Since Jan 2007 • 2108 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    but none of the threads would open until five minutes ago.

    "Sorry, there is an error on this page."

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to ChrisW,

    I found those to be extremely attractive to bumblebees, so much so that I found several bee carcasses around the plant. It's like they got hooked, and dosed until they died.

    none of the threads would open until five minutes ago.

    Phew, glad to hear it wasn't just me.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8523 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    As Russell said yesterday on the Twitter:

    Comments on PAS are broken and our guys are busy singing kumbaya at #webstock.

    Technical problems during one of the country's major annual geekfests is unfortunate timing.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16667 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs, in reply to Jos,

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    Cat snap

    Cat hiding amongst the seedlings

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2267 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs, in reply to JacksonP,

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    always spring, in the Singapore Garden By The Bay

    Always spring at the supermarket too..... but the lighting isn't wonderful!

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2267 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Nora Leggs,

    It's a wee fur tree?

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    Anyone else notice the Nerines are out? Have to grab a snap tomorrow. That means it's officially not spring, not summer, but ........ late summer verging on..... the next season, can't bring myself to name it.

    Black and white zinnia

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2267 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Nora Leggs,

    <q>the next season, can’t bring myself to name it.

    A cooler one, for which this cold-adapted blubber-rich creature thanks the powers & seasons that be- I hate hate hate
    the heat-

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs, in reply to Islander,

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    A cooler one

    Here’s evidence of the cooler season…… the nerine, which Mr Leggs said was out, didn’t realise it was still in bud….

    And Mr Nosey checking it out too

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2267 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    and last but not least, corn by night

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2267 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Nora Leggs,

    Ooo, beautiful - and slightly spooky!

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs, in reply to Islander,

    slightly spooky!

    or a little alien : )

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2267 posts Report Reply

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