July 13, 2011

Drumsticks

I love these silly drumstick alliums.  They look like curious kindegarteners exploring in the garden.
Allium sphaerocepahalon  -  Drumstick Onions

They stand up straight on the slimmest vertical stems.  Some flop over and get in trouble.  Most stand tall and behave, but they all bob around having fun in a breeze.   They come from tiny bulbs and you need to mass a lot of them together.  They are very social bulbs and like to play in groups.

In early summer they open from soft green, turning to deep wine

I don't know why some flowers enchant me and others do not.  I admire a nicely formed rose or peony when I see a picture on a blog, but they leave me a little bored in the garden.

But these goofy little round headed sticks make me smile. 

10 comments:

  1. What a sweet little flower. I love your description of them as small children - they are very much child-like and look so playful! My daughter accuses me of adoring child-like art more than any other and she's right. There is just something about it that makes my heart happy. These flowers do too.

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  2. Hi Laurrie, I like your analogy and I can see why you like these alliums. The flower is simple, but charming. Bigger more fluffy flowers often demand your attention first, but don't always hold it. I find that my eye also takes pleasure in flowers that sway and leaves that flutter in the wind.

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  3. Lovely description of your alliums. I prefer these strange little flowers too. I think it has something to do with the fact that they don't fit the traditional flower description.

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  4. I love that you call them "goofy"! I have many and also like them alot!

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  5. These are so cute!! Excellent description! :o) I'm adding them to my Fall Planting List!

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  6. Thanks, everyone, for having fun looking at these these goofy flowers!

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  7. I have a taller version of these alliums and enjoy them, too. They're not as showy as roses or daylilies, but you can't help but smile when you see them bobbing in the breeze.

    I notice some daylilies in the background--glad the deer haven't found them yet.

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  8. That one is on my order list for the fall. It looks like it plays well with others.

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  9. Laurrie, They are funny little flowers, aren't they? I don't have any alliums in my garden (I planted some of those huge ones years ago and never got any flowers so I think I ruled them all out - guilt by association) but I do like the 'kindegarteners exploring in the garden' analogy and might just have to give these little guys a try.

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  10. Rose, yes, there are daylilies! After the first bud set that got eaten to the nub, I got a second flush on some of the daylilies.

    Sweetbay, these funny bulbs do play well with others!

    Debbie, be sure to plants lots of them together if you do put them in your garden. They need to be massed.

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