May 23rd, 2011
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.
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?
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.
3 Hey, Sharkey, look behind me! Is this what you're looking for?
4 Thanks for the tip, GK! These allium are certainly beautiful to look at.
5 According to my research, allium is the Latin name for garlic or onion, including their ornamental varieties, like these.
6 Take a whiff, Franny. All alliums have a slight onion smell.
7 This variety is Allium giganteum 'Purple Sensation', probably the most popular variety with a big flower head of tiny star-shaped flowers.
8 Sharkey, there are many other flower beds with allium growing. Let's go see them.
9 Just look how beautiful they look in the flower border near the vegetable garden.
10 And, look, Sharkey! There is even an allium stipitatum, or White Giant, growing here!
11 And then there's the allium border along the pergola. How gorgeous is that?
12 Bees and other flying insects gather allium nectar. I wonder what onion flavored honey is like?
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