Just to have you dream of warmer, more pleasant weather, here are a few more photos of annuals at Stanley Park taken in August 2007. The image above is a globe artichoke in flower. The flower heads are edible if picked before the flowerheads open. I have pickled the smaller, more tender artichokes in vinegar and olive oil after cooking them. Then as a flower, they have their beauty too plus attract bees to the garden. I haven't been able to identify the other flowers below but that they attract bees (honeybees, bumblebees, etc) is evident. Enjoy the pics.