That right there is a baby artichoke, and I am unreasonably excited about it. The plant made it through the drought, and there is a good chance it will actually bloom this year.
I love artichokes, and I have very fond memories of making them for my sister when she was ill.
Even more than eating them, though, I love to see them actually bloom, like giant thistles.
Stay tuned for more photos of this lovely plant.