Other Ortos

I am fortunate to be able to take a vacation every May--usually somewhere in the Mediterranean. Not the ideal time to leave the garden, but who can complain? This year we returned to one of my favorite places on the planet, Puglia (and neighboring Basilicata), Italy. Hiking is always on the agenda--and wildflowers are in abundance in May. Most of the orchids bloom a little earlier in spring, but we saw plenty of these:

I always like observing garden plants also, like this cardoon we chatted with the owner about. I though it was an artichoke and she explained it was cardone.