Artichokes .... if you leave 'em sit long enough ....
I always grow artichokes. That's a fact. Here's another fact for you: I rarely ever eat the ones I grow. It's not that I don't like artichokes, I love them!
But what I love even more are the beautiful flowers they make if you leave them on the plant. So that's what I will do here. I have four artichokes on this one plant, and I'm letting them all flower. I'll update this later with photos of the flowers (or you can just find the flower pics on this site from this or past years).
Trust me, they are beautiful. So buy your artichokes at the store and let the ones you plant flower. You will be doing local bee populations a huge favor, and your coworkers will LOVE YOU when you cut the flower, put it in a large vase and take it to work. After the bees have at it, of course... :)