At long last, a peek into the center of the whorl of artichoke leaves reveals a small terminal bud forming. The artichoke plant requires a lot of space in the garden as its diameter can reach six feet with height of three to four feet. This terminal bud will be the largest with smaller buds forming along the lower stem.
These plants will stay in place through May when I may have the luxury of harvesting up to fifteen artichokes. Eventually, they'll be removed to return a huge planting area to my garden.