Count among the relatively long list of things I did not know before moving to California: Artichokes actually have a beautifully vibrant blossom.

Our neighbors gave Katie a gigantic artichoke plant for her birthday (pictured here). We contemplated harvesting the edible portions—which are actually the buds before they flower—but are happy we didn’t or we would have missed its impressive blossoming.

Sorry, mouth, the eyes get this one. Better luck next time.