the earth’s monstrosities

Cynara cardunculus-bitter to the taste.
Globe artichoke in the vegetable garden at Rousham.

In 77 A.D.  the Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder called the artichoke “one of the earth’s monstrosities.”

In 2014 A. D.  at Rousham Park  the flowers appear serenely beautiful.

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