Normally these are about 10ft tall, but the recent wind has made one of the stems lean forward significantly - can get right close to flowers with my phone now rather than using the zoom on my SLR from below!
The last one for today, and from the garden. The sun has come out finally in Hertfordshire and these cardoon flowers are looking great. It was only a month ago that they were covered in blackfly, but ladybird larvae and other natural predators have been rampaging through them and it seems to have worked well #cardoon #cynara #cynara-cardunculus
I must admit it looked dreadful @clipperty - but I could see the larvae and I thought I'd give it a couple of weeks and see if it improves, and it's about 80% better. You can still see some of the Blackfly 'debrie' just below the flowers. They are still there a little bit but not quite so unsightly now
My #cardoon is huge this year!! 😳 it's only the beginning of May and it's already 1.5 metres tall. It's completely shadowing the Camassia, Foxtail Lily and Alliums towards the front of the border. It's gonna be some display when the flowers appear 😀 #cynara #cynara-cardunculus
Just looking out of the kitchen window and noticed the Cardoon is now flowering 😁 - it's about 6ft tall. However, the rest of the dry border seems to be a little tired looking and green right now. I may need to make a few tweaks come late autumn. Somewhere behind the Golden Rod on the right is my Californian Tree Poppy and my Echinops! 😑 #cardoon #cynara #cynara-cardunculus