I can hear you sigh. First, with delight, and then you remember purple alliums don’t often return for a repeat performance here. Not even an encore. I don’t know why. Perhaps, we water too much, or it’s too hot, or too cold. You know we have all those issues in Oklahoma.
Well, some of us have better luck with Allium sphaerocephalon, drumstick alliums.
In fact, I was told at an OHS meeting that one gardener found them as invasive as garlic chives. I haven’t found that to be true here. I’m just grateful if they return. Even in close proximity, gardens and gardeners are very different. What works for one doesn’t always for another.
And, that’s okay.
In meantime, this is why I plant alliums of all sorts and stripes–except for the white ones. I think they just look like a giant onion gone to seed, and I can have that in my veggie garden whether it’s intended or not. Oh, but the purple ones, all bright and shiny, perfect foils for spring green.
I will always have purple in my garden. Won’t you?