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Arthur Parkinson's baby cardoons

CamelliadCamelliad SussexPosts: 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 Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,244
    I don't think they are a special variety, just young plants.
    He calls her the chocolate girl
    Cause he thinks she melts when he touches her
    She knows she's the chocolate girl
    Cause she's broken up and swallowed
    And wrapped in bits of silver
  • CamelliadCamelliad SussexPosts: 402
    Thanks @punkdoc - I wonder how you'd keep them small then. Maybe keep cutting the leaves off?
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 4,451
    Suspect you just chuck em out or give them away when they get too big.  
  • Butterfly66Butterfly66 BirminghamPosts: 736
    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
  • CamelliadCamelliad SussexPosts: 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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