Monday, January 10, 2011

Garlic chives, three seasons

Bee on garlic chive flower

Rocco's garlic chives at Floyd Bennett Garden in late August

Bee on garlic chive flower, Fragrance Garden, Brooklyn Botanic

Allium tuberosum in the Fragrance Garden, Brooklyn Botanic in early September

Garlic chives (Allium tuberosum) in late summer are bee magnets at both Floyd Bennett Garden Association and at Brooklyn Botanic. There's not much not to like about this plant. Delicious both to people and pollinators, with multi-season interest, it's still hanging around in early January in Brookyln amidst the snow and the cold and looking pretty fabulous.

Garlic chive flower going to seed in fall

Above, a gift from my neighbor Jill who was dividing hers. The allium flowers are going to seed in late October in my garden plot. Below, outside a garden plot at Floyd Bennett in early January, the seedheads and plant as they remain in winter.

Flower/seedhead of garlic chives in early January

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