The ones that got away.
Even with the best will in the world; you can't pay attention to everything all the time.
Whilst dealing with the rather more prosaic vegetable production matters; such as getting leeks and kale in for winter sustenance. 'Fripperies' albeit tasty ones; such as these; can steal a march; and show their true colours.
Globe artichokes are part of the thistle tribe; and here their fuzzy mauve tops; make this botanical fact quite plain.
However; the dinner tables' loss; is our other fuzzy (buzzy) friends' gain.
All thistles make good bee forage. So although I have cut these flowers from the statuesque plants to encourage more edible buds; The blooms are left within the reach of those helpful pollinators; and naturally; where their beauty can be enjoyed by other appreciative eyes..