A Lesson in Allium and Chives

Posted by F&S

Spring is such a wonderful time because whenever we venture outdoors, there’s just so much that’s new to discover.  Right outside the kitchen we noticed that the allium and the chives are blooming and how similar they are to one another and here’s what we can tell you about that.

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Sharkey, it's such a beautiful day!  Even though I still have one eyelid sewn shut, I can clearly see more color appearing on the farm as May draws to a close!

1 Sharkey, it's such a beautiful day! Even though I still have one eyelid sewn shut, I can clearly see more color appearing on the farm as May draws to a close!

For example, the allium on the terrace are beginning to bloom away!

2 For example, the allium on the terrace are beginning to bloom away!

You're right, Francesca!  These flowers are in the process of opening and will eventually become twice this size!

3 You're right, Francesca! These flowers are in the process of opening and will eventually become twice this size!

DId you know that the name, allium, comes from the Latin word for garlic?  They are actually part of the onion family along with garlic and leeks!

4 DId you know that the name, allium, comes from the Latin word for garlic? They are actually part of the onion family along with garlic and leeks!

And, growing nearby in the terrace herb garden are similar looking blooms.  These are the flowers of chive plants, which are also a part of the onion family.

5 And, growing nearby in the terrace herb garden are similar looking blooms. These are the flowers of chive plants, which are also a part of the onion family.

Chive and allium are very similar in color and shape.  These chive flowers will also be beautiful round spheres when fully opened.

6 Chive and allium are very similar in color and shape. These chive flowers will also be beautiful round spheres when fully opened.

Chives are the smallest edible plant of the onion family and both their stems and flowers can be used as a flavoring or garnish.  The flowers are a very pretty addition to salads.

7 Chives are the smallest edible plant of the onion family and both their stems and flowers can be used as a flavoring or garnish. The flowers are a very pretty addition to salads.

It's important to know that this species is an ornamental variety, but other allium flowers, chives included, are completely edible.

8 It's important to know that this species is an ornamental variety, but other allium flowers, chives included, are completely edible.

I have heard that gardeners often plant chives and other types of allium in their flower beds to ward off pests like Japanese beetles and aphids!

9 I have heard that gardeners often plant chives and other types of allium in their flower beds to ward off pests like Japanese beetles and aphids!

And because onions are related to garlic, they have similar medicinal properties, as well!  People have turned to garlic to boost their immune systems for centuries.

10 And because onions are related to garlic, they have similar medicinal properties, as well! People have turned to garlic to boost their immune systems for centuries.

However, you and I, Francesca, better keep them out of our mouths.  Onions and garlic are toxic to dogs!

11 However, you and I, Francesca, better keep them out of our mouths. Onions and garlic are toxic to dogs!

Comments (13)

  • Hello girls,
    Here I sit a couple minutes after midnight, wondering again. I wonder how Zoe is making out with SN. I wonder if Francesca can get this button replaced with a bright colored one. I wonder if Chloe is being good or getting into trouble. I wonder if Kirby gets to eat his ice cream before it melts. I wonder how Lynn is making out on her camping trip. I wonder if GK is still limping. I wonder about Dudley, Abby, Rebel, Delia, Cora-Belle and the rest of the Glue Squad, if they are still awake like I am. I have come to the conclusion that I wonder too much. Soooooooooo, I am going to look at the pictures of the flowers the girls posted for today because, once again, they are very pretty. Thank you ladies. Catch every one in a few hours.
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • ..hi frenchies, we have allium but it is not blooming yet..no chives but I better tell Lucinda to plant some..good news Karen about the cell-phone..hopefully the photos are okay..Maddox..Ted Barker was some weird med. size dog that was really nervous here in the country and his owner (the Ex) was equally weird..we don't need to see them for another forty years!!!..and thanks for the offer had it gone badly..James would have paid for your transportation..anyway life is back to normal here at the farm/ranch and I hear talk about a ride and maple bars after we all get get a good nites sleep..will check back later with all my glue squad buddies..later, love, Cora-Belle

  • I agree, stay away from the toxic plants/flowers. The two of you have enough on your plate now!

    Oh Frannie, I'm hoping your eye is healing nicely and soon the button will be removed. I just want to kiss your sweet little face! :)

    Have a wonderful long weekend, be safe out and about!

    gail

  • Good morning ladies!
    Thanks for the heads up on the Chives! You know, I sniffed around them once in a while, but I'm not really interested. Guess we sort of know what we should not eat, right?
    There is a man visiting our area with his dogs. He is helping a U of I Vet Med professor find box turtles. I guess the turtles are having problems with a disease & the vet wants to help them. His dogs know how to pick up the turtle without hurting them, how 'bout that! My mouth is just tooooo small for that kind of work! LOL
    It's gonna be a hot one today. So, I'll be napping in the shade.
    Have a great day all.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Sweet Frannie my heart goes out to you for still having your eye sewn closed...you button eye! sorry...I just had to!! ;-) Sharkey you look like you might have tasted that onion yikes! ;-O

    I wonder if I transplanted the wild chives growing in my backyard to the meal-areas of the deer, maybe it would ward off the deer from eating my Hydrangeas and Hostas...??? :-(

    Hey Glue Squad...including Cora-Belle, Maddox, Chloe, Dudley, Rebel, Abby and all that I missed here have a Safe and Wonderful Memorial Day weekend.

    I spent all this week cleaning the yards from debris that was from a wind storm, and would you know my luck? yesterday we had winds over 50 mph and it looks worse now then before.

    Kitty has not been home at night for most part of my hubbies absence...geepers ungrateful Gato! Hubby comes home today, can't wait to see him, however I saw his schedule for Veterans Memorial Day Events this weekend, so he'll be gone again. I'll just have a piety party and work on a painting ;-)

    Be Safe everyone!!!

    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Maddox, you shouldn’t be up that late at night. Try a walk, eat some food, play a little game, and take a long drink of water before bedtime. I do that every night and fall right to sleep. I also lay on a cold floor which keeps me cool for a while before having to move a little. Then it’s right back to sleep. It’s nice to know that someone out there worries about me, but don’t worry too much; I’ll be all right. Mommy and Daddy take very good care of me. It’s a long weekend again; the start of summer. Everyone have a good and safe weekend.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hi F,S,&GK+Glue Squad, WOW! This was a delightful, lovely lecture that you girls gave us today! Those allium and chive plants were so beautiful and so were you two girl friends! How good to know that onions and garlic are not to be eaten by any of us! Mom told me that people used to feed garlic to dog to get rid of fleas years ago! Glad we got your information! Maybe we should plant them just to get rid of the bugs! Loved reading the comments by Maddox, Cora-Belle, Gail, Rebel, and Delia this morning-excellent! Will check in later to read all the rest of yours! Hope all of you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! It's supposed to be sunny here until Sunday and then rain again! Love, Dudley Do Right&Jan XOXOXO+

  • Good Morning Francesca, Sharkey, G.K., Maddox, Kirby, Lynn and all the glue squad,
    Frannie I hope you feel better soon. You are brave to keep up those garden adventures with your cone still ever present. We have chives in the garden too by the special herb area.
    Maddox, glad that the contacts were salvaged for Karen. Hope those pictures are o.k. We almost went on line early morning at two a.m. Mom works the late shift and has trouble winding down. I was sleepy at two so went back to snooze land.Cor Belle, hope you have a great weekend at the ranch and plenty of maple bars! Kirby thanks for the night time advice. Rebel, that was really interesting about the box turtles. Delia and kitty we hope you have a wonderful weekend with your brave veteran hubby. I am going to work most of the weekend to help take care of Mom's boarding dogs. Quite a group of characters. They love Mom and all wag their tails as she walks them, gives them TLC and play time. I get very jealous at times and bark back.Need to remember steak Barbecue on Monday!! Yum.
    High paws and hugs to all our Glue Squad crew and safe holiday weekend with lots of treats.
    Abby the frenchie pug XXX

  • Hi Girls & Glue Squad, Hope everyone is doing well and getting ready for the holiday weekend. Mom has had a busy morning, so first chance to get some computer time.
    Karen, good news so far on your phone; hope you can retrieve all your special pictures as well. Lynn, hope you enjoy your camping trip. Kirby, I'm with you, ice cream is delicious and good to the last "drop", I also like to lay on the cool floors, feels good on my belly; having alot of fur makes me hot. Cora-Belle, since I'm kind of new to the DW, can you explain who the Chiweenies are to me, thanks..they sound like fun :) .

    Enjoy the weekend - stay safe everyone!

    Till next time,
    Missy Chow
    xoxo

  • Hey Girls,

    Its a little late (9:11pm to be exact) but mom has been busy so I haven't had much computer time. I just love all your flowers. Mom has lots in her garden. She has one flower don't know the real name, but she calls them "red hot pokers" and they are the cutest things and she loves them. Maybe thats why she got so mad when I just pulled it right out of the ground and ate it. :) I just couldn't help it. Was running by and bam it caught my eye. Maddox, I have been really trying to be good. Got into a bit of trouble...chewed the coffee table. Mom left me down stairs with Dad and I chewed it. Don't know why :(
    On a better note...... got another mole today. LOL I was playing with it for about a half hour then mom came out. She thought it was dead but I didn't kill it, I just was playing. She picked it up with my pooper scooper and it was alive as can be. She put it on the other side of the fence so I couldn't get it :( There is always tomorrow.
    Oh, and i had my feelings hurt tonight :( Mom took me for my walk and I was barking (if you want to call it a bark LOL) at Colt the collie up the street and the little girl across the street told mom I have a funny bark. Huskies don't bark, we "talk" and that is what I was doing. I just might poop or pee on her lawn next time I go by ;)
    Well, off to do my business than off to bed. I see mom yawning on the sofa :) Thats my cue to get in my crate and snuggle in for the night. Have a busy day tomorrow, mom is getting me a pool :) I am sooooooo excited!

    Nighty night everyone and have a wonderful holiday weekend. By the way...mom is going to Zoe's for a picnic, maybe she will take me ;)

    Chloe xx

  • Hello glue Squad buddies and Chloe!
    Chloe we never knew you were a huskie! Now all thsi plant uprooting and mole chasing makes perfect sense. I am sure you have a BEAUTIFUL bark by the way. Huskies speak often and note many ideas in their constant communication with other dogs and people. In the human world they would be commentators on t.v. and get the respect they deserve!
    Tired today after lots of barking at the dog boarders for the holiday weekend. The shepherds are talking up a storm.
    Mom is getting ready for some intervals at the track pre work. I am planning on more snooze time. Missy Chow those chiweenie friends might be chi hua hua dogs, not sure. I wonder what Maddox is doing today? Off to search for snacks... Abby

  • ..once again Chloe, I salute you for the mole catch..!! swimming pools are fun..I have a big river in front of my house..missy, chiweenies are these two funny little dogger pals of mine..part mini wiener dog and some other little dog mixed in..they are truly goofy..oh boy..garage saling today..28 miles of non-stop garage sales..that means a giant bag of maple bars to nibble on and lots of people to bark at..I better go check my funds so I maybe can buy something..later, Cora-Belle p.s. I will act naughty for all of you..because I am old and blind I can get away with it..Bark On!!

  • ..Memorial Day my fellow doggers, besides honoring all the brave humans that died for our country..time to honor our brave military doggers that gave their lives so we could be free, Thank you, you brave dogs..love, Cora-Belle, Lucinda and James

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