Monday, July 16, 2007

Allium grande?

Allium grande?

This was growing in a friend’s garden and he said it was Allium grande (that could be wrong). I searched the net and only found a few vague references to the name. It wasn’t in the couple of plant books I consulted either. One net reference said it was Ornamental Garlic but that appears to be a different plant of just a general moniker. Anyway it was a great looking plant that was about 2 feet tall and had spear-like bluish foliage. The flowers themselves were about 2 to 3 inches across. I don’t usually come across plants that stump the Internet but this is one unless it is a different species of Allium. Anybody have any ideas?

This is some Lavender that is blooming at work. I don’t remember the cultivar (I’m full of information today) but it has a slightly darker flower and is a little taller than the normal types. It is funny that it is blooming because I was just about to tear it out and start over with something new since it has not performed well. This year it is stellar maybe it knew it was on the bubble.


David (Snappy) said...

Great photos Chris.Big Alium heads always remind me of fireworks exploding from the centre.The seed heads afterwards are always ornamental too and can be dried out as decorations.
That is a very dark blue lavender.The ones I photographed at Harlow Carr were more lilac in colour but smelled divine and were bee magnets.
I cant imagine a garden without Lavender, a traditional English garden plant.

Digital Flower Pictures said...

Hi Snappy,

I remembered the name of the Lavender it is Lavandula x intermedia 'Grosso' or Fat Bud French hybrid Lavender. In general Lavender can be a little difficult to grow in Connecticut. Thanks for the comment.