Monday, February 28, 2011

Floral Spotlight: Artichokes {Yes, Artichokes!}

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Not to be mistaken with succulents (to be featured soon!), artichokes are playing a role in more than just your favorite appetizer - via wedding florals {but keep reading, because I'm including a really good recipe at the end of this post}.  These lovely plum/purple colored blooms pair perfectly with the moss green leaves, and they hold a special place in my heart as well, as they were a favorite of my grandmother.

Artichoke production occurs year-round, but nearly one-third the crop is harvested between March and May, making this a very cool, accessible, affordable (and different) floral variety to include in your wedding decor.

Let's take a look at this lovely in action:

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And love how it's incorporated in to the design, of course.
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And how adorable is this artichoke bow tie!!
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Escort card holders
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Rustic and gorgeous
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LOVE the textures brought in to this cake!
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And more from this Temecula wedding from Hoffman Photography..
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And in decor...
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Loving all the details from this garden wedding via The Flower Kiosk
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And I would never leave you hanging on an artichoke post without a REALLY good spinach and artichoke dip recipe, of course!!!  This one is one of my favorites, courtesy of my friend Missy :)

Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Ingredients:
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
1 cup parmesan cheese
1 box chopped spinach (frozen)
1 small jar artichoke hearts
Dash of red pepper flakes (to taste)
Salt & Pepper (to taste)
4-5 cloves minced garlic

Directions:
Mix all ingredients and put in baking dish, bake for 20 minutes at 350.  Serve with tostitos or sliced baguette.

Enjoy!

38 comments:

  1. how cute! i love it!! ESPECIALLY the piece under the artichoke bowtie!

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  2. Whilst I'm not a fan of eating them I think they're an amazing looking vege and love them in a bouquet or arrangement!

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  3. Artichokes on a wedding cake may have to "grow" on me (ha-ha), but the bouquets and centerpieces are fabulous! And those candle holders are so clever!

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  4. Why not?! The purple artichokes are just as pretty as most flowers!
    But have you seen asparagus and brussel sprouts? I have! I am an offbeat bride...
    http://offbeatbride.com/2007/07/vegetable-wedding-centerpieces

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  5. How interesting! I love them in the purplish color.
    The tea lights are a great idea too!

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  6. Wow - I had never even considered artichokes as a floral option. How beautiful!!

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  7. As always your posts are amazing and the details are incredible!

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  8. Love artichokes! What a fun and unique idea!

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  9. I want to make Artichoke Candles!!! This wedding on SMP was all veggies, loved it! http://www.stylemepretty.com/2011/02/07/crane-estate-wedding-by-max-wanger/

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  10. Wow! who knew? I love your floral spotlights!

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  11. i have always had a love for artichokes, but this takes it to the next level..>! :)

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  12. Love it! Great round up! The best thing about them is that they also dry beautifully so you can keep them forever!

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  13. YUM! Going to try that recipe :) And I love the escort card holder idea - genius. Very cool post!

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  14. So cool! I had no idea artichokes had such pretty flowers! I guess I always thought they came stuffed and on a plate ; )

    Thanks for the recipe! I need to have a party so I can make it. Along with that buffalo chicken dip you shared earlier in the month.

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  15. ummmmmmm this might be my FAVORITE floral spotlight yet!!! SO FANTASTIC!!!

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  16. love artichokes they are not only delicious and healthy but also so nice, lovely colors , gorgeous pictures!kisses

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  17. Wow I love this idea! I love to eat artichoke (especially in a dip like the recipe above!) and now decorate with them ? Love it. Those votive holders are adorable.

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  18. Who would have thunk it! Artichokes, love eating em' will def. try some these details in the future!

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  19. Who knew you could use artichokes for so much, especially in weddings! I'm obsessed with artichokes, so what lovely ideas! I'm kind of loving them as escort cards!

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  20. They certainly do have a very rustic feeling to them. I love the idea of using them for candles!

    Thanks for the fabulous recipe!!

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  21. I had no idea they had purple/plum blooms- quite cool!

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  22. Loving the Lavender bridal party attire!

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  23. Amazing roundup! I absolutely love artichokes in decor - especially the purple ones!

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  24. Delicious and delightful decor. Who knew?

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  25. I love this post Jacin! Never knew about the flowering, such a pretty purple! And well, I love artichoke dip too :) You have a lovely blog!
    Natasha xo

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  26. Love this! They look amazing in purple too. I think I'm going to try making the candle holders and your spinach dip :)

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  27. I love your series of all these unique bouquets and centerpieces with different plants and flowers. That cake is amazing and the bow tie is so adorable! Yum love that dip!

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  28. I ADORE artichokes to eat, but to decorate I was skeptical..but their were some cute ideas!! Cute:)

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  29. I adore the elegant look of the tulips sprouting from the artichokes. Lovely!

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  30. Wow - I never knew how pretty the blossom is :)

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  31. Okay - now you are talking my world! I grew up with my family raising artichokes here in California. I remember riding bareback through the fields with my brother on my uncles horses - named tom and jerry...yep, really! I could eat artichokes every day of my life and never tire of them! And you could only imagine how much I LOVE them in weddings! No matter how you use, they will look fabulous. And even if you don't use, and just eat...well they would be fabulous that way too! YAY for artichokes, and doing an amazing post about them!! Love it ;-))))))

    xoxo
    kristi

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  32. Holy artichoke Batman!

    Just kidding.. this blog blew me away! I did not realize there were so many wonderful uses for artichokes!

    The card holder idea = genius. Love it.

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  33. I love artichoke bouquets, but the cake here has GOT to be my favorite!

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  34. Gorgeous! I love the first 2 pics - it almost looks like a Scottish thistle!

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  35. This is awesome - SO unique!

    xox
    Lexi @ http://glitterandpearls.com

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  36. two things: YUM! and so cute!!! i love artichokes!

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