Tuesday, February 3, 2009

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY - cardoon


8 comments:

  1. Hey,

    you make good photos, and you have the feeling what is interesting to publish.
    greetings from germany Mike

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  2. What interesting foliage this plant have. I also like the way you captured the plant, because the foliage really is what makes this plant special; even though the big artichoke thistle looking flowers are pretty too.

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  3. Nice macro. I love the silvery leaves.

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  4. Another one of those awesome foliage plants that I wish I had room to grow... do you grow Acanthus spinosus?

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  5. This is a creative shot. Cool! I don't think I've grown cardoon. It's an herb, isn't it? I'll have to look it up.

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  6. Aerie-el,

    Great shot- looks brrrr cold. Funny how certain colors can make you feel a certain way. I thought about growing this last year, I can't remember what went in instead :)

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  7. Mike, thanks very much! And thanks for visiting from Germany :)

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    Niels, Thank you. I've become obsessed with foliage lately, and cardoon offers some impressive colors, textures, and composition. Of course the flowers are very impressive as well, so that adds to the appeal.

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    Beth, and SMT,
    Thanks so much!

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    Teza, Thanks for reminding me...a friend has an Acanthus spinosus waiting for me. Those are cool plants!

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    Sue, I believe you're correct that it is categorized as an herb. If you grow it, make sure you give it some room, so it can make it's statement. Mine grew to what I've read are the maximum height/width.

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    Tessa, Try it this year, you'll like it! Make a bouquet of cardoon flowers, Phlomis flower stalks, and whatever else you like-- then look out, because people will be beating a path to your door to see it.

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    ~Aerie-el

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