Monday, May 25, 2009
Catchy name, right? And with the collection of alliums around here-both ornamental and edible-it is appropriate in some seasons. I'm fascinated with all sorts of bulbs but the alliums remind me of the burst of a fireworks display. They are lovely in bloom, very tasty (& healthy) both cooked and raw, and some of them have flowers that dry just beautifully. Their season begins now...with many more to come! Some came from "seed onions" (that never got harvested to eat...but were left to bloom.) A few I actually began from seeds, because I couldn't find the bulbs for purchase. And others, the ornamentals, from bulb purveyors. They appear mostly in shades of purples, lavenders, pinks and white. And insects and diseases rarely seem to bother them...what perfect flowers!