Flower of the Week
Artichokes were on sale!

There are two things I know for sure.

1)   My cat’s poo always smells like she’s swallowed a poltergeist.


2)  If artichokes are on sale, I’m gonna make a flower arrangement out of them, damn it.

Even if technically artichokes aren’t a flower, but are a vegetable.  Until they bloom, at which point they DO become a flower.  Bet ya didn’t know that.  The artichoke is actually an immature flower bud that’s edible.

Regardless, flower or vegetable, at 8 for $1.99 you can’t go wrong.    Having said that, it also bears saying that this green spikey thing serves a much better purpose in a vase than on a dinner plate.  Have you ever tried to make and eat an artichoke?  Pain-in-the-poltergeist.  You’re better off to just melt a bowl butter and drink it.

The snapdragons weren’t on sale, but if you want things to be nice, the odd time you really do have to pay full price.


4 Artichokes ………………………..  $0.99

6 huge Snapdragons ……………………. $12.00

Vase (Dollar Store) ……………….   $1.00

TOTAL ……………………………… $13.99

Special Notes:

Make sure you pick artichokes with long stems.  The longer the better because the artichokes are top heavy and they need a long stem to keep them from falling out of the vase.

Before you put them into the vase, cut the dark, deadened ends off the artichoke stems so they can drink up some water.

Secure the stems of the snapdragons together with an elastic band to keep them from separating.


  1. Tricia Rose says:

    Artichokes look deliciously heraldic in the garden – don’t know how they’d do in Canada.

  2. Langela says:

    Very pretty! So do the artichokes in your arrangement eventually bloom like the top photo? That was gorgeous!! I like the snapdragons. My grandma always grew those in her gardens.

  3. Langela says:

    BTW, your mention of your cat made me want to tell you that we have 5 new babies (kittens) as of last night. I love all babies that have a mother other than me to take care of them. I can enjoy their cuteness and then walk away without guilt. I still get that nagging guilt when I try to walk away from my kids, though.

  4. Karen says:

    Hi Langela, Nope … I’m afraid the artichokes only bloom if they’re left in the ground. Once you hack their heads off at the “artichoke” stage, they won’t bloom for you.

  5. Cassandra says:

    WOAH! What?! This is totally news to me, and I NEED to make artichoke flowers happen! Stat.

    • Karen says:

      I know!! I did a little lookin’ and the “Imperial Star” artichoke is what you need to get. I don’t know where you’re from, but people in Ontario grow it successfully so I figure that means, most people should be able to grow it. Starts from seed indoors at end of March, plant out in May. Must be able to find starter plants somewhere. Lemme know if you really do it! I demand a photo diary. 🙂

  6. Brigitte says:

    Making artichokes is the EASIEST thing ever. Plastic wrap, small glass of water, and your microwave. In 9 minutes, you have an artichoke to eat for dinner.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Brigitte! Thanks for the comment. I guess I should have been more clear. It’s the eating the artichoke that’s a pain It’s a whole lotta work for not a whole lotta food! They are good though! Most things dipped in butter are. 🙂

  7. dede says:

    Sorry K, this isn’t doin’ it for me. It looks like you parked your artichokes there until dinnertime. See, I like eating them ‘cuz it’s slightly aerobic. I feel the same way about pistachios and bottles of champagne. But I don’t care for bananas.

  8. dede says:

    But K, there is an aerobic value to artichoke eating… that’s why I love them. Same for pistachios. Some like bananas, not I.

  9. I love artichokes as flowers. I try to use them whenever I can (although they are freaking expensive!). I get those little thorns in my fingers every time.

  10. Amy Perlman says:


    Beautiful, easy arrangement! I’m all for creative ideas.

    Here is a tip for short stem artichokes, so hard to find longer stems. Insert a long wooden skewer in the stem. Of course this is best used with an opaque vase or a vase filled with something to hide the skewer.

  11. Gayla T says:

    I used to be a florist and I love the red tinged Chokes that are grown for that industry. I used them and red roses with seasonal greens to make two huge wreaths for two huge doors on a sorority house at Lawrence Kansas, home of the KS Jayhawks. Absolutely the prettiest thing I ever did and didn’t turn out to be all that pricey. I learned to eat them when I was a new military bride. The ones there in California had such thick leaves that one was a meal. Thanks for jogging the memories out of storage.

  12. theresa says:

    hmmmm…does anyone else think the arrangement looks a little phallic in design….no offense 😉

    I love your site and artichokes too…the canned kind! Easiest ever to cook and delish. I never knew they bloomed! I’m gonna have to look into that next summer.

  13. Pam says:

    I disagree, sometimes my carnivore hubby & I eat just artichokes for dinner. But this does look amazing! Can you also put a stick (like a disposable chopstick) in the bottom of the ‘choke to make them longer for the arrangement?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Optionally add an image (JPEG only)

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

The Art of Doing Stuff