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Another Reason for Alliums

June 26th, 2012

As if you need another reason to grow a wide variety of alliums in the garden beside the deliciousness that they bring to your plate. I plant extra leeks and onions so I can leave some in place to produce blooms. Leeks are the best for this because they’re overwintered. I never harvest all of my leeks because otherwise I’d miss these beautiful flowers and so would the bees.

Onions are biennial so they will bloom the second year. These are leeks that I planted last summer, harvested in fall/winter/spring and left a few for the honeybees.

They’re not quite as showy, as big, or as colorful as globe alliums that you buy as flowering bulbs, but they do offer food for our tables and beauty for our gardens. I certainly appreciate plants that do double duty like this!

Do you ever leave any of your leeks or onions to bloom for beauty and for the bees?

Do You See What I See?

June 9th, 2010

This past weekend we had some storms roll through our area. I decided it would be wise to tie up the tomato plants to make sure none of them would blow over with the high winds. While tying them up I noticed that a few of them had tiny blooms forming!

I don’t know about you, but the first tomato blossom is really exciting around here. So far the plants I’ve noticed blooms on are: Constoluto Genovese, Principe Borghese, Pompeii, and Zapotec Pleated.

Any tomatoes blooming in your garden?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.