Globe Artichoke flower

Globe Artichoke in bloom
Globe Artichoke in bloom – the plant can be eaten before the flower bloom. Metaphor – if left unused, it will flower.

High resolution artichoke flower image

Chief Bottle Washer at Blather
Writer, photographer, environmental campaigner and "known troublemaker" Dave Walsh is the founder of, described both as "possibly the most arrogant and depraved website to be found either side of the majestic Shannon River", and "the nicest website circulating in Ireland". Half Irishman, half-bicycle. He lives in southern Irish city of Barcelona.