For the Love of Allium

Posted by F&S

As Martha wrote on her blog today, we’ve been getting much too much rain and we, dogs, couldn’t get outside too much to explore.  Many things are blooming, or beginning to bloom in the garden, including all the allium, and we finally got to enjoy their beauty.

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At long last!  Blue sky and the warm sun.  Martha has been talking about how amazing all the allium are looking in the garden.  Where, oh where can they be?

1 At long last! Blue sky and the warm sun. Martha has been talking about how amazing all the allium are looking in the garden. Where, oh where can they be?

Could these possibly be allium?  No, they're growing in the herb garden, so they must be chives.  Although, I think they're all in the same family.

2 Could these possibly be allium? No, they're growing in the herb garden, so they must be chives. Although, I think they're all in the same family.

Hey, Sharkey, look behind me!  Is this what you're looking for?

3 Hey, Sharkey, look behind me! Is this what you're looking for?

Thanks for the tip, GK!  These allium are certainly beautiful to look at.

4 Thanks for the tip, GK! These allium are certainly beautiful to look at.

According to my research, allium is the Latin name for garlic or onion, including their ornamental varieties, like these.

5 According to my research, allium is the Latin name for garlic or onion, including their ornamental varieties, like these.

Take a whiff, Franny.  All alliums have a slight onion smell.

6 Take a whiff, Franny. All alliums have a slight onion smell.

This variety is Allium giganteum 'Purple Sensation', probably the most popular variety with a big flower head of tiny star-shaped flowers.

7 This variety is Allium giganteum 'Purple Sensation', probably the most popular variety with a big flower head of tiny star-shaped flowers.

Sharkey, there are many other flower beds with allium growing.  Let's go see them.

8 Sharkey, there are many other flower beds with allium growing. Let's go see them.

Just look how beautiful they look in the flower border near the vegetable garden.

9 Just look how beautiful they look in the flower border near the vegetable garden.

And, look, Sharkey!  There is even an allium stipitatum, or White Giant, growing here!

10 And, look, Sharkey! There is even an allium stipitatum, or White Giant, growing here!

And then there's the allium border along the pergola.  How gorgeous is that?

11 And then there's the allium border along the pergola. How gorgeous is that?

Bees and other flying insects gather allium nectar.  I wonder what onion flavored honey is like?

12 Bees and other flying insects gather allium nectar. I wonder what onion flavored honey is like?

Comments (10)

  • Hello Ladies & G.K.,
    Looks like the farm is in its glory and blooming up a storm. Glad to see you assisting the girls on their adventures. I feel better knowing you are along with all those hungry coyotes out there, one can never be too careful. Mom and I had a very productive weekend while the boys were fishing--caught a lot, so yum, tonight fish for dinner. Can you believe that people are still skiing in the mountains here in Colorado? It snowed more last week. Too bad the winter was not kinder to us in the city as things are dry and slow getting going. Love all those allium of your's at the farm. The squirrels dig all our's up. What is the secret to not having that happen? It is sure nice seeing your pretty allium however. I think I am going back for a nap. I am pretty tired. Have a great Monday.
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Good Morning F & S

    Mom has a big pot with flowers that look like that but she eats them so I'm going to assume they are chives.

    Today is mom's birthday she is 51, I think she is over the hill now. I guess you climb the hill to reach 50 then start to fall over the top - I'm not sure I understand all that. We picked out some really cute cards and surprised her with an upside down hanging basket that grows strawberries. Dad is taking her out for a fancy dinner tonight I wasn't invited :(

    I'm so sick of the rain, we had a little sunshine on Saturday but now it's back to clouds and rain - this is making be depressed!!! Oh well I guess I'll go tear up a little toilet paper, maybe I'll feel better.

    Zoe

  • Great photos, nice to see all three of you pups together....
    well this puts to rest my thought on Allium, I always thought they looked like they were in the chive family...the flowers sure do resemble each other.

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    The sun has been shining here for a long time; we do need some rain for the plants Mommy has set out. She water’s them every day. Today isn’t a watering day for us, so she will have to just use the bucket. Because of the lack of rain, we can only water plants on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Some plants are blooming really good now. I think I will start a cactus garden; that shouldn’t need much water.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • I spy three little (OK one not so little) doggies hanging outside together on a beautiful farm. Everything looks so pretty but I can tell from reading MommyM's blog that too much rain is beginning to wear on her.

    Did you three have fun on the boat ride over the weekend? GK you looked so cute with your tongue hanging out in the photo Martha posted from Twitter. Sharkey and Francesca, I think you two need adorable little sailor caps to wear when you are boating. :smile:

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K., All three of you are so lucky to live there at Martha's beautiful farm and being able to wander all around the farm has to be so much fun!!! I love it when you show us all the different areas and explain about each of the flowers and other things there. I love learning something new everyday and I can tell that you do, too! It's been dry here for almost a week, but it's supposed to be wet again for the next 10 days-darn. Sure hope you have some nice weather so we can enjoy more wonderful tours all around the farm again! Have a super day everyone! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Happy Birthday Zoe's Mom. Look's like Zoe's present to you will be chewed up TP. :lol:

  • I am really late today. Lazy day. Rain, rain, rain. I don't like getting me feet wet. I don't like the rain anymore. It is like taking a shower and I just had a bath. How many times do they expect me to take baths, seriously?

  • Wow Franny and Sharkey you two really have some green paws!

    Thanks for the tour!

    woo woos, Tessa

  • The pictures of the dogs are AMAZING! The plants are a plus:-)

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