Wednesday, May 27, 2009
I love Alliums. Big, beautiful, firecrackers of purple flowers. They are singular. They are also singularly expensive. About $1 a bulb and they never procreate like my tulips. But they come back year after year and are the real stars of our garden in spring. I keep adding them all over the yard.
However, last year, someone kept trying to break the ones in our parking strip off of their stems. Their stems are strong and you cannot break them without shears, so the vandal left them dangling, pathetic.
Last fall I planted a couple more bulbs in that spot. I thought, well maybe if there is a larger grouping, nobody will mess with them.
I was wrong. Today, as I was working on finishing painting the living room, I looked out and only saw four Allium, not five. This time it was broken off at the bulb, but left laying on the sidewalk. We are wondering, could an Allium have too much weight and fall on it's own? If a person tried to grab it, they could have taken it. Vandal or bad luck?
Another visitor I found in our garden today: