Frost Warning Tonight

Just as my cardoon is beginning to flower.

Cardoon (Cynara cardunculus) early August
Today, getting ready to flower

Drats. This frost is 2 weeks early. Hang in there, bud.

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Update [2013-09-08]

Another frost warning tonight (yikes!) but my bud has bloomed
and is showing off nicely. :)

Tonight, I rest easy.


  1. It is getting to be that time of year again isn't it. We have had a few nights at 6c so far and a few days in the high 30's.. I'm looking forward to some nice even fall weather :)

    Your Cardoon looks great. Do they take two years to bloom?

    1. Hi Dan!

      The weather's been erratic, here, this season. We had another frost warning last night, the fourth since this post (sept 6) which was 2 weeks earlier than usual. Right now, I'd have to say September's been chilly overall. Fingers crossed, October will be mild.

      I presume they do. I know their artichoke cousins usually take 2 years to bloom. (Though some cultivars have been bred to produce the first year). Perhaps cardoon blooms the first year where hardy. In my short season, maybe, if started real early or bought from nursery. I know that last year, in pots, the plants didn't get very large nor did they produce any buds so this was a nice surprise.

      Dare I try artichoke next year? :P