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a quickie fave: Allium ‘Hair’

Allium ‘Hair’

It’s not easy to get a photo of this amusing fellow. He tickles my fancy and is also one of the few Alliums that comes back reliably year after year, and even multiplies. That’s why he’s my favorite right now. What do you suppose the favorite is over in the Danger Garden?

7 Responses to “a quickie fave: Allium ‘Hair’”

  1. Emily Says:

    I often see that allium and think I should put some in my garden. It’s cute and funny.

  2. Beth @ PlantPostings Says:

    Good choice! It looks like a Drumstick Allium with fuzz. I like it, and I’m imagining a floral arrangement including this plant.

  3. Loree / danger garden Says:

    But wait…this one comes back for you year after year? I planted it years ago and enjoyed it once and once only. You’ve got the touch.

  4. Gardening Northside Says:

    It is very difficult to have this picture. All the alliums are pretty, here are more others: Allium hollandicum ‘Purple Sensation’ is a popular variety with grey-green leaves and large striking globe shaped flower heads of deep purple that appear in early summer. Allium nigrum is a creamy white variety that likes a sunny border. Each flower has a dark heart which is said to resemble a black pearl, hence the Latin name. Allium caeruleum is a beautiful variety with balls of bright blue flowers in early summer. It grows to a height of around 60cm. Allium bulgaricum flowers in June and has wide bell shaped greenish white flowers, broadly striped dark brown-red on outside. Allium Hair has an unusual, green, hairy flower head and is often used in floral displays. As its name suggests, Allium Mount Everest has enormous white globe shaped flower heads on stems over a metre high.

  5. Angie Says:

    A quirky bloom, isn’t it?

  6. ricki Says:

    Emily~My thoughts exactly.

    Beth~I have enough of them now to spare a few for cutting. That’s a good idea.

    Loree~I’ve had plenty of Alliums pull the disappearing act, but not this one. Maybe you should try again. I think it would look right at home at your place.

    Angie~You can say that again.

  7. Graciela Says:

    Tovah, I discovered you thgourh GGW but I do believe our meeting was pre-ordained. We were supposed to go to the Boston Flower Show on 3/19/11 but because of a death in the family, we had to postpone our visit to Sunday so we missed your terrarium lecture, which I very much wanted to attend. I have a lovely mini Victorian conservatory that I am trying (not very successfully) to design and plant. I’ve read (and re-read) your terrarium posts and will give it a whirl again this weekend! I wish I’d had the courage to get some plants at the flower show.So here I am and I have to say, I LOVE your blog, your plant artistry, your photography, and especially you’re writing style. I’m not sure I’d ever have enough chutzpah to start off a blog post announcing to the world that I share . well, you know certain parts of the male anatomy . but I adore the combination of balls and bronze. I have the same heuchera (and in full sun as well) but have struggled to find the perfect garden mate for it. I tried a short purple sage (okay, I was in the right color family as an artist, I know my color wheel), butI’m not madly in love with the combination the purple and the green are too dark. Your allium is light enough not to be overpowering. I am definitely stealing this idea! And no, I can not tell you the precise variety of sage I tried. My wonderful adopted son was assisting me with gardening chores a couple of years ago when we were getting ready for the annual Country Gardens tour. In an effort to be helpful, he thoughtfully pulled up and discarded every one of my plant tags and proudly told me that he had gone thgourh and gotten all the trash out of all the beds for me. Worse, my garden diary, which had diagrams and plant lists, had been a casualty of massive flooding we’d had earlier that same spring. I am slowly recreating my plant lists, but many are (quite honestly) mere educated guesses. Anyway, I giggled my way thgourh Mary Miltin (who also lives with me that girl sure does get around!) and chortled thgourh the paperwhites. We were given some at Chanukah and your posst confirmed my suspicions: the gift givers undoubtedly DO secretly hate me. I could never do justice to the description of the aroma the way you did but I managed to avoid it after a time by putting the pot in my husband’s office when the scent was a little more than I could bear. As they were winding down, he dragged a large oriental style carpet he has in the middle of the room to the dry cleaner, insisting that the dogs had peed on it. My guess is the carpet was as pristine going in as it was coming back. (Shhhhhh.)Your blog is better than therapy. Thanks for sharing your delightful sense of humor and amazing fund of knowledge! OK I’m off to read (and snicker) some more!Cathy who lives only a short morning’s ride north of you in Northeastern MA

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