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Blooming Herbs

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French cooking thyme & onion (not garlic) chives.

Trying desperately to get the vegetable garden planted by the end of May.
The beds are tilled up, tomorrow morning they will get raked smooth, then the watering system can get hooked up.
I’ve been saving vegetable and flower seeds for many years, in zip-close bags in the refrigerator.
My plan for this year is to plant all the seeds I can – they won’t save forever.
Will keep you posted on my latest grand idea 🙂


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Garlic Chives

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These look and grow almost identical to onion chives.  There are a couple of differences, though.  For one, the garlic chives are blooming now, and the onion chives bloomed over a month ago.  Another difference that can be seen year round, is that garlic chive spears are flat, where the onion chives are tubular or round. 

And then there is the taste.  Ah, now there they do differ.  The taste and smell of garlic chives is distinct and will never be confused with onion chives.

These are a nice addition to the kitchen garden.  I also plant them around my roses to help deter aphids.

Alliums – yellow

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Alliums - yellow

These have been around here for a very long time. More recently, I’ve been dividing the bulbs and spreading them around to new places. The deer avoid all members of the allium – or onion – family.

With a lot of alliums, I have noticed the leaves are insignificant, but these have broader, more visible leaves, than other members of this family. The green is a strong contrast to the bright yellow flowers, and the leaves make a more full appearing bouquet on the ground with the flowers.

Allium

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Allium

This is one of the taller specimens in the allium or onion family. Last year I planted four bulbs and got four giant flowers. I was so looking forward to this year’s blooms and wondering if and when the bulbs might multiply. This is the only bloom from these bulbs this season. I wonder if the particularly cold winter we had last year could have damaged the other three bulbs? They are still there with pathetic looking leaves. Still alive, but hardly thriving.

Do you see the resemblance to the chives flowers I posted recently? The main difference is size. This flower is a good 6″ – 8″ across, while the chive blooms are just over an inch wide.

Chives

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Chives

I love the smell and look of chive flowers. I love all the members of the allium family. I love the smell and taste of onions. This plant is right outside my front door, in view of my kitchen window.

When people who are not gardeners (think city-folk) come to visit, I love to lead them though my herb garden and invite them to taste particular plants. When my then-two-year-old grandson visited, I did the same with him, but quickly learned my mistake. He naturally thought he could take any leaf and taste it. Of course, he headed right toward a large (to him) rhododendron bush – which is poisonous.

I noticed in this photo that you can see some of the different stages of chive flowers opening.  Just got lucky, this time!

I am heading toward an art show where I will display my pottery and ceramics. The chive and armeria flowers will grace some of my vases. I saw the last tulips starting to open, and I cut some peony buds, just because they are pretty that way. The lilacs are on the down side of their blooms. Day lilies and foxglove are about to open. Stock and Jacob’s ladder have so few flowers this year.