The artichoke is said to be one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world. I am not too sure how long the artichoke has being grown here at Great Dixter but if it keeps raining it is going to be a vegetable of the past. The plants that I put in last year have started to rot off, I was sorry to see this today. We are on a very heavy clay soil, it has had a lot of organic matter added over the years but with this much rain things do rot. There is very little I can do at this point but in the spring I may add grit to the area they are growing in.