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Arthur Parkinson's baby cardoons

CamelliadCamelliad Posts: 402
I enjoyed the return visit to Arthur's garden in yesterday's episode and I love cardoons - didn't realise there were mini ones. Does anyone know what variety they are or how he keeps them small? Internet searching isn't helping me.


  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,728
    I don't think they are a special variety, just young plants.
    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

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  • CamelliadCamelliad Posts: 402
    Thanks @punkdoc - I wonder how you'd keep them small then. Maybe keep cutting the leaves off?
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,238
    Suspect you just chuck em out or give them away when they get too big.  
  • Butterfly66Butterfly66 Posts: 886
    Although he didn’t say, I got the impression he didn’t keep them small but used them in his spring displays as they are small at the stage of year when just beginning to reappear?
     If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”—Marcus Tullius Cicero
    East facing, top of a hill clay-loam, cultivated for centuries (7 years by me). Birmingham
  • CamelliadCamelliad Posts: 402
    Thanks both - you're both saying similar things and makes sense but feels like more than I'd want to take on I think. I love them but they do grow quickly.
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