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A Beginner’s Guide To Alliums

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I am excited to share that The National Garden Bureau has chosen the allium as the bulb of the year!  They pick one annual, one perennial, one bulb crop and one edible to be celebrated and featured annually.  The selection is based upon versatility, adaptability, growing ability and popularity.  The allium is an easy-to-grow ornamental bulb that adds a bit of whimsy to every garden.  In honor of the special festivities surrounding this chosen flower, I have an exciting announcement.  I’ve teamed up with NGB and Longfield Gardens along with some other talented gardeners for a fabulous giveaway!  Continue reading this post to learn how to enter to win a $50 gift card to help beautify your very own garden!A Beginners Guide To Alliums | angiethefreckledrose.com

My Story

A Beginners Guide To Alliums | angiethefreckledrose.comEver since I was a little girl, I have shared a fascination for alliums with my father.  He isn't big on gardening and can't tell the difference between pansies and petunias, but there is something about this flower that he loves.  We've always shared that feeling that there is just a magical factor about their brilliant blooms.  Each year, I strive to plant more allium bulbs to wow my dad.  I love the look of happiness and the sweet smile I see appear on his face when he gets to enjoy the alliums blooming.  That same smile appears on my face too!  What amazes me is how flowers you plant can continue to bloom year after year bringing back the wonderful memories time and time again.  It's truly something money can't buy.

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Atropurpureum & Nigrum alliums

About Alliums

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Purple Sensation

Perhaps you have edible crops in your own backyard. If so, this flower may look very similar to something you already grow!  Allium is actually the Latin word for garlic. The ornamental allium is a genus of flowering plant in the same family as edible onions, garlic and chives.  Many people are familiar with the pastel purple flowers these bulbs produce.  Alliums also come in white, yellow, blue and pink.  Each variety can vary in height anywhere from 12 to 36" tall.  These Dr. Seuss style bulbs are extremely hardy and deer resistant. While a plethora of garden critters may feast upon your coveted tulip and daffodils, these bulbs will be left alone.  The scent that these ornamental onions give off isn't appealing to animals.  They don’t have trouble with disease and aren’t bothered by common garden pests.  These are like gardening gold to the pollinators!  Butterflies, bees and beneficial garden insects are attracted to these ethereal blooms.  If you've ever dreamt of growing a plant that looks just like flowering fireworks, this is the plant for you!  Most varieties can be grown in zones 3-9 depending on what species you select.  This fascinating flower begins blooming in late spring to early summer.  There are also different types of alliums that can flower from late summer to fall.  With a little research, you could have different varieties of alliums blooming all season long!


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Globemaster alliums

More About Alliums

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His Excellency alliums

Alliums make wonderful cut flowers.  They have an undeniable charm, and those balloon like blooms are a great conversation piece.  Learn how to make a beautiful bouquet with them in this helpful post The Starring Ingredient of a Stunning Bouquet by Slow Flowers with Debra Prinzing.  In her post, she shares a step-by-step guide on how to take fresh-from-the-field flowers and put them into a jaw dropping arrangement.

Nick McCullough of Thinking Outside the Boxwood shares an allium garden design for bountiful blooms.  He not only teaches you how to implement the design, but also adds tips for planting and maintenance.  You will instantly fall in love with this garden plan.  With these easy instructions, your garden will be enchanting in no time!

This stunning flower truly has magnetism about it.  Jason Kay of Garden In A City writes about Lurie Garden, a public garden, and how they incorporate alliums in their playful designs.  He shares photographs filled with inspiration that you can incorporate in your very own garden.

Robin Horton of Urban Gardens invites us to read about the history of alliums and shares some helpful facts.  She also mentions some unique allium literature, illustrations and guides.  You can also learn how alliums are incorporated in cityscapes.  Come with her and visually tour public gardens like The Getty Center Gardens!

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Drumstick alliums

My Favorite Varieties

There are over 700 different types of alliums to choose. With such a wide selection, here is a condensed version of my top 5 varieties.  Each variety is available for purchase at Longfield-Gardens.com

A Beginners Guide To Alliums | angiethefreckledrose.comPurple Sensation: This is one of the most easily recognizable allium varieties.
-A rich violet color with sparkles of blue and pink
-It is affordable with long-lasting blooms
-They boast round, 4 to 5" globes with 24 to 30" stems
-Does best in sun
-Blooms in late spring
-Zones 3-8

A Beginners Guide To Alliums | angiethefreckledrose.comGraceful: This allium has clusters of small, white flowers with lavender accents.  
-Has a lovely, soft fragrance
-Makes a wonderful cut and dried flower  
-Grows to be 10 to 12" tall
-Does best in partial sun/shade  
-Blooms late spring to early summer
-Zones 4-8

A Beginners Guide To Alliums | angiethefreckledrose.comGladiator: This variety is sure to amaze with it's large 6" diameter flower heads.
-Nicknamed "the giant" 

-Beautiful blue-violet tone
-Prefers full sun
-Grows to be 32-36" tall
-Blooms late spring
-Zones 3-8

A Beginners Guide To Alliums | angiethefreckledrose.comChristophii: This flower has a dazzling display of spiky little florets. 
-Also known as Star of Persia 
-Violet-pink color with a dusting of silver shimmer
-Large 8-10" blooms & 18-24" high
-Does well in sun to partial shade
-Blooms late spring
-Zones 3-8

A Beginners Guide To Alliums | angiethefreckledrose.comDrumstick: This allium has egg-shaped blooms
-Great companion for ornamental grasses
-Maroon on top fading into green below
-Bloom slowly putting on a lengthy show for weeks
-20-24" Tall
-Plant in sun to partial shade
-Blooms in late spring
-Zones 3-8

How To Grow

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Beginning to bloom

Most alliums are planted during the fall right before the ground freezes.  Once you have chosen your variety, dig a hole 8" deep and make sure to loosen the soil around where you will place your bulb.  I like to give my bulbs a pre-drink and snack before the final watering.  Moisten the soil, add your fertilizer, then place the bulb in the hole.  If possible, add new soil over your bulb and gently pat down once bulb is completely covered.  Now you can give your bulb one more drink of water.  Don't forget to mark the spot you planted them so you won't forget next spring!  Try not to plant your bulbs in an area that stays soggy.  These bulbs prefer rich, well-drained soil.  Time to sit back and wait until next season's spectacular show!

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Summer Beauty alliums

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Gift Card Giveaway

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Mount Everest alliums

I'm excited to share that as part of the year of the allium celebrations, one lucky reader will be winning a 50 dollar gift card to Longfield Gardens!  Enhance your garden with some new, top of the line bulbs!  They have an impressive selection of bulbs to choose from.  Don’t forget to pick out some amazing allium bulbs!

To Enter: All you have to do is comment on this blog post and you will automatically be entered.  It's that easy!  Do you have a favorite variety of allium?  Planning on planting some this year?  I'd love to hear all about it in the comment section below. 

Extra Entries: Want extra entries?  Follow and share on social media using the form below!  Who doesn't love more ways to win?

About: Contest will run from April 22nd to April 30th at midnight ET.  A winner will be picked at random from the comments below.  That winner will be announced Sunday, May 1st at 6 p.m  ET.  Must reside in the US to enter.  Wishing you all good luck!

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Garden filled with Purple Sensation

I hope you give growing alliums a try!  These flowers are so unique and transform any garden into a wonderland.  Do you have a flower or plant that is near and dear to your heart?  I'm already so excited to plant more of these in the fall.  I'm thinking of adding the Globemaster variety and surprising my dad next spring!  If I add a new kind of allium each year, my garden will put on one striking and spectacular show!  Join in on the fun and share your allium pictures on social media using the hashtags #yearoftheallium as well as #longfieldgardens.

For further reading, Longfield Gardens provides some helpful information on their website.  Please click the links below.

-Working With Alliums
-Allium Garden Design


A Beginners Guide To Alliums | angiethefreckledrose.com

Disclaimer: Longfield Gardens was kind enough to provide one of my readers with a $50 gift card.  They also provided me with some of the images used in this post.  I was not paid or compensated to write this article and all opinions are my own.  I only promote companies I enjoy and products I use in my own garden! 

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  • Reply
    April 22, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Great photos. I like alliums too, but I didn’t know they were related to onions and chives.

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      April 23, 2016 at 12:18 am

      Thank you Karen! They are such a unique flower. Yes, so cool! I always think chives look like alliums in a mini fairy garden 🙂

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    April 22, 2016 at 11:10 am

    So pretty! I had no idea there were that many varieties of alliums. I have a major weakness for purple flowers, but the yellow and white are just gorgeous too!

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      April 23, 2016 at 12:19 am

      Thanks Liz! So many beautiful varieties to pick from. I wish I could have one of each growing in my garden, maybe someday right? 😉

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    Dee Fedor
    April 22, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    I have tried to grow Alliums, but they disappeared. Would love to try again!

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      April 23, 2016 at 12:20 am

      Oh no! Most varieties are very hardy, so I bet you will have success the second time around 🙂

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    April 22, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Alliums are beautiful and so different from anything else in a garden! My daughter always loved them in our garden when she was young, and I like to think they helped her develop a love for flowers! You’ve given me inspiration to plant some in my garden right now!

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    Margaret Smith
    April 22, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    I love Alliums in Purple. They are really beautiful flowers. I love flowers that come from bulbs. There’s something so special when you see them come up each year.

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      April 23, 2016 at 12:23 am

      I agree Margaret! They are worth the wait, it almost builds up anticipation for me planting them in fall & waiting until spring 🙂

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    Modern Mia
    April 22, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    I’m attempting alliums for the 2nd year in a row. Last year’s batch didn’t survive. This year I have some given to me by a friend from down the street.

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      April 23, 2016 at 12:26 am

      Wishing you luck with this batch Mia! What variety are you growing this year? Can’t wait to see pictures 🙂

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    Erin @ The Impatient Gardener
    April 22, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    I’m an alliumaholic. They are so fabulous and I love them all, from the big monsters, to the small caerulums!

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      April 23, 2016 at 12:28 am

      I’m right there with you Erin! An allium addiction is one of the few addictions that’s okay to have 😉 They all are just total stunners 🙂

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    Tiffany Cardenas
    April 22, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    They’re all beautiful, but I love the Purple Sensations!

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      April 23, 2016 at 12:29 am

      Oh, me too Tiffany! Hoping mine make an appearance again this year 🙂

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    Christine | Vermilion Roots
    April 22, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Oh Angie, They are so beautiful. We help take care of a flower garden but I’ve never seen alliums. Would love to add this to our collection. 🙂

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      April 23, 2016 at 12:32 am

      They never cease to wow me Christine! You won’t regret it if you plant some, I promise you that 🙂

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    Patricia Burgess
    April 22, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    I love the lavender alliums!

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    April 22, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    These remind me of my mom’s garden; she used to have alliums! So pretty!

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      April 23, 2016 at 12:36 am

      Lovely Katie! 🙂 They definitely never go out of style!

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    Ann Fantom
    April 22, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    These flowers are very pretty. They’ve got me in the mood to start planting in my flower beds.

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      April 23, 2016 at 12:37 am

      Spring gardening fever tends to be very contagious Ann 🙂

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    April 22, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    So pretty….I don’t have any of these in my garden, but after reading this, I want to add some. Love the Gladiator and the Drumstick varieties.

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      April 23, 2016 at 12:39 am

      You definitely will be happy you did! I always get so excited when I start to see them come up year after year. They are for sure an attention grabber 🙂

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    Lara Ruiz
    April 22, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    I love iris and roses but am always looking for flowers I can grow here in the Hot, Low desert. So beautiful is the purple but I think my favorite is Christophii. Thank you Angie for introducing me to the new possibilities!

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      April 23, 2016 at 12:42 am

      Glad you are thinking of planting some Lara! They do well in many different climates and conditions, that’s part of what makes them so fabulous 🙂 I agree, Christophii knows how to steal the show!

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    April 23, 2016 at 12:02 am

    Your photos are exquisite and I thank you very much for sharing with Today’s Flowers. I loved the photo of you with your father. How wonderful to have such a special connection with him through these beautiful flowers.

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      April 23, 2016 at 12:44 am

      Thank you Denise! It’s wonderful to connect flowers & happy memories together. That way, those memories will never be lost as long as you surround yourself with nature 🙂

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    Ashley C
    April 23, 2016 at 7:51 am

    ALl those flowers are absolutely gorgeous! It really makes me want to get out there and play in my garden today

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      April 23, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      Alliums are just so mesmerizing! It’s lovely to spend the day outside in the garden, have fun 🙂

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    Alicia Hensley
    April 23, 2016 at 10:03 am

    I have always seen these in people’s gardens and thought they were so beautiful. It wasn’t until my garlic started blooming, that I realized it was an Allium. When I move into my new house, I’ll for sure plant more of these. Love them!

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      April 23, 2016 at 2:09 pm

      Yes, I agree Alicia! One can never have too many alliums growing in the garden 🙂 Happy planting!

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    April 23, 2016 at 11:13 am

    My grandfather grew them, and that’s why I know and love them, I’ve planted five types last fall, and I’m eagerly waiting to see the results.

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      April 23, 2016 at 2:20 pm

      It’s very special that you are keeping the tradition of growing them going 🙂 Share pictures when they bloom, I’d love to see!

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    April 23, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Such a useful post, naturally- but also so very sweet! I love the story of your allium connection with your dad! It’s so true that sentimental plants help keep memories alive.

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      April 23, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      Thanks Maggie! Flowers are a wonderful thing, they make me so happy 🙂

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    April 23, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Beautiful post Angie! There’s something a little extra special in ‘legacy planting’, when there’s a connection between people attached to the things we grow. Alliums are a stand-out plant in so many ways, there’s no missing those bold blooms!

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      April 23, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      Thank you so much Jay! I completely agree 🙂 They are a fantastic flower!

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    Susanne B.
    April 23, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    What a wonderful story. And great information about alliums.

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    Fee Roberts
    April 23, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    This is such a wonderful post! Thank you for sharing. I love Alliums. They are so beautiful!

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    April 23, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Such a pretty flower!!
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    April 23, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    I also had no idea there were so many varieties. I only have the purple but will definitely be adding to my collection. Great information.

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    April 23, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    They’re one of my favorites! The colors are just gorgeous.

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    Allie Spann
    April 23, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    I never thought about growing these and now I’m convinced I need them in my garden! 😀

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    Handy Helen
    April 23, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    What a beautiful story, Angie. Your photos are absolutely stunning your talent is unreal! I definitely need to add these gorgeous allium to my gardens!

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    April 23, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    The Graceful is beautiful. I normally love pinks and purples but the simplicity of this one appeals to me.

    Is it too late (early) to plant from bulbs? It’s nearly time to start my garden so I assume I have to plant something that’s already up or just plan for next year. I don’t plant bulbs, in case you can’t tell. 🙂

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    Thomas Zipps
    April 23, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    Good to see such a variety that are New England tolerant. Seems the temp is shifting toward more options for New Hampsire plantings in general.

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    Holly Mitkowski
    April 23, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    I would love to win this for my mom!!💜

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    April 23, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    I remember having some of these in my mom’s garden when I was growing up. They’re really lovely! I’m glad you wrote about them, I think I’ll be considering adding some to my garden now that I own my own home. The fact that they’re deer resistant is good since we get them visiting every few weeks.

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    April 23, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    To be honest, I’ve never been very good with the names of flowers, but I know that these are beautiful!

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    April 23, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    I had no idea there were that many varieties of alliums. Thanks for sharing.

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    wen budro
    April 23, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    Those are gorgeous flowers. They would make a beautiful addition to any backyard.

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    allyson tice
    April 24, 2016 at 12:49 am

    I have never seen these in purple! I love them! i wonder if they survive in NY since the weather always is changing!

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    Christina G.
    April 24, 2016 at 1:51 am

    What beautiful flowers! I’d love to plant these. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    April 24, 2016 at 3:06 am

    My neighbor grows purple alliums (maybe Purple Sensations, but I’m not sure) and I’ve always been so jealous of them! They’re so lovely and cheerful and whimsical.

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    Rosie @greenrosielife
    April 24, 2016 at 3:22 am

    I love alliums but with no real flower garden to talk of I cheat and “allow” some of my leeks and onions to go to flower. Well I say “allow” – they usually do it all by themselves!

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    Cheryl Larimer
    April 24, 2016 at 7:13 am

    I had alliums in a garden at a previous home and sort of forgot about them. Thanks for re-introducing them to me and reminding me how different they are.

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    April 24, 2016 at 8:20 am

    I love alliums. Our state is very picky, though and won’t let anyone ship them here. We have to buy them locally.

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    April 24, 2016 at 9:03 am

    I don’t have any alliums in my garden, but I think I may have to get some this year. They’re stunning!

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    April 24, 2016 at 10:07 am

    What pretty flowers! I am always thinking about what to plant.

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    Vickie @ Vickie's Kitchen and Garden
    April 24, 2016 at 10:15 am

    I Love Alums…I need to grow some in my garden. They are just beautiful!

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    April 24, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Oh we are so excited to start our garden here! I love those Purple Sensation!!! Those are so beautiful!

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    Coombe Mill - Fiona
    April 24, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Beautiful photos, good luck on your gardening venture #MysundayPhoto

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    Crummy Mummy
    April 24, 2016 at 11:54 am

    I LOVE alliums! I’ve just planted scabious on our allotment and love them for the same reason – their colour! #mysundayphoto

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    Robin Miller
    April 24, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Purple is my favorite!

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    April 24, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    My mom is moving up north and would love to start a garden. I would love to buy her some plants! She loves lilies.

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    Elizabeth E
    April 24, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    I grew a few alliums last year, for the first time. Loved them and the bunnies left them alone!

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    James Doyle
    April 24, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    my mom would love this soo much! ;0

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    Christi Williams
    April 24, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    Love these, I had them before at a previous house (the big purple ones). I am working on putting our yard and gardens in at our new house, I will differently be adding these.

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    Emily Benzing
    April 24, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    I would actually love to gift this for my mom! She’s huge on gardening because she has a lot of land, loves planting everything she can! She’d love this

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    Heather D
    April 24, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    I would use this for myself. I love lillies. I recently saw some blue orchids that are so pretty.

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    April 24, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Hello, I love the allium blooms. The purple is my favorite color, gorgeous images and post. Happy Sunday, enjoy your new week ahead!

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    Dominique Cloutier
    April 24, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    I don’t have a favorite kind, I just am in love with all flowers and plants. Gardening is my happy place.

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    Joanna Protz
    April 24, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    I would love to grow some alliums especially that gladiator. That looks fantastic. I bet they would look lovely with my roses and may help keeping insects away from them. Thank you for the offering! 🙂

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    April 24, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    These are absolutely beautiful flowers. The colors are so gorgeous!

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    Jesh StG
    April 24, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    We -if I’m not mistaken had, or wanted to have alliums and spirea in your garden in Holland (looong time ago). Love all the colors! Many thanks for a being a part of SEASONS and hope to see you back next week:) Have a happy one this week!

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    April 24, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    I’ve never heard of alluliums. Love that you and your dad have this connection

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    Patrick Blair
    April 24, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    Wonderful information!! Thank you so much for sharing!!

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    Lauryn R
    April 24, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Alliums are so pretty!! 🙂 I love having a beautiful garden and adding color to it! This would definitely be an amazing gift.

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    Carol Yemola
    April 24, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    My daughter planted alliums two years ago and I fell in love with them so I planted some of my own last fall.

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    Ed Yemola
    April 24, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    I would love to give this gift certificate to my wife.

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    Maryann Royster
    April 24, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    I planted Alums last year, I have purple and white. The purple flowered first and then the whites were getting ready to open and my 95 yr old mom thought they were done and deadheaded all the white ones. Hopefully this year she will leave them alone but I can’t count on it. My mom doesn’t remember things past 1 sec. so she will probably do it again this year if I don’t keep an eye on her.

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    Brittney House
    April 24, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    I love the flower pictures. I cant wait until I can fully tend to my garden. I love watching things grow!

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    April 24, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    I do plant some flower, but mostly a vegetable garden

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    Gwen Rose
    April 24, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    I always grow chives. They are setting buds now. I noticed this as I was cutting some to top a pizza. I also have garlic and leeks planted. I would love to purchase walking onions or another edible variety.

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    Richard Hicks
    April 25, 2016 at 6:44 am

    I have always wanted to try my hand growing Alliums . So beautiful

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    April 25, 2016 at 9:04 am

    I planted alliums for the first time last fall … and I’m eagerly waiting for them to bloom this year. I planted them in my rose garden … I’ve read that they are excellent companions and add a bit of pizzazz to that area before the roses bloom. And, because pest don’t like alliums, they protect the roses. Brilliant! Thanks for this opportunity!

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    April 25, 2016 at 9:40 am

    I’ve never planted these, but I’ll have to rethink that. I like the Purple Sensation.

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    Jen V.
    April 25, 2016 at 10:21 am

    My favorite is probably the Drumstick allium. I love the unusual shape and color.

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    amy guillaume linderman
    April 25, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Alliums remind me of my grandmother! i would love to have some in my yard! i am so inspired now!

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    Samantha Plotkin
    April 25, 2016 at 11:16 am

    No favorite yet! This is our first spring in a house with a lawn (recent transplants from NYC) so I’m learning little by little.

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    Tina G.
    April 25, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    I’ve never tried growing Alliums!! I would love to try them though, they are absolutely beautiful!!

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    April 25, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    We have a lovely photograph of alliums in my daughter’s bedroom. they are so lovely.

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    April 25, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    The Burgundy Dahlia Collection is so beautiful.

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    April 25, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    I like the lavender alliums

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    Christine - The Choosy Mommy
    April 25, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    I am so glad that you mentioned that they look like the flowers from Horton! It is the first thing that I thought of. These are gorgeous!

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    April 25, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    I just don’t have a green thumb but they are so gorgeous!

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    April 25, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Thanks so much for this post! I am in the process of planning my cutting garden and alliums are something I would love to include. Pinning this for later!


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    April 25, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    I absolutely adore this flower. Mine are Christophii, (hope I spelled it right) and I have them sprinkled in my front yard garden bed. But this year after they bloom I am going to dig them up and group them for an even bigger impact. These flowers literally stop cars on my street. I get asked at least 2 times a late spring what they are and where to get them.

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    April 25, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    I’ve had a fascination with allium for a while now and as we are about to have our home entirely landscaped, I am hoping to find a way to add them to my selection for some POP!

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    April 25, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Wow I didn’t know about these! They’re beautiful and so fun and whimsical! Pinned 🙂

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    April 25, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Wow! One post on alliums and I’m hooked – where have you been all my life you gorgeous bulb/plant/flower/WONDER!!!

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    The Houseplant Guru
    April 25, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    I love that you plant flowers that your Dad loves! Alliums really are gorgeous and the deer do NOT eat them, which is a huge plus for me.

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    April 25, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    Wow, I’d never heard of them before. They’re so beautiful, VERY Dr Seuss-like!

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    Tina W
    April 25, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    I’m not sure what the exact variety was but at the ranch i used to live at I planted a giant allium variety, and when they bloomed they lived up to their name: HUGE! Like softball size. They were very impressive.
    (I really miss all the bulbs I planted there, I hope my old neighbors still enjoy the daffodils I planted up much of the road)

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    April 25, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    I do more herb and vegetable gardening. These are really pretty

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    April 25, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Lovely series of photos of a very special flower!
    Have a Happy Week ahead!!
    Peace 🙂

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    April 25, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Thank you Angie for the wonderful post! I had completely forgotten about Alliums! I must try to find a good spot for some bulbs in the fall. Our heavy clay beds won’t work. I have to get my thinking cap on. They are too good to pass up again! No wonder you and your dad love them!

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    image-in-ing: weekly photo linky
    April 25, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    You’re absolutely right – allium can be jaw-dropping!
    Nice photos.
    Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/04/worlds-best-meatloaf-recipe-wordful.html

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    April 25, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    I love Aliums. I have a few in my garden, but I would love to add more!

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    April 25, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    I was just saying that I need to branch out and plant things that flower!! I am all about the veggies and I neglect the flowers. These look like something I could manage! They are gorgeous.

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    April 25, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    Beautiful post!

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    Photo cache
    April 25, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    Oh my goodness, these are beautiful

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    April 25, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    I just love these tall beauties. I planted allium bulbs last fall. They’re a deep purple. I am watching with bated breath for the blooms to open. They are just about ready! I will be looking for white ones to plant this fall. Thank you for all the information and the lovely photos.

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    April 25, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    I have fallen in love with these tall beauties. I planted some lovely purple ones last fall. I am waiting with bated breath for them to bloom. They are just about ready to pop. I am planning on planting white ones this fall. Thank you for the informative blog and the gorgeous photos.

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    April 26, 2016 at 12:01 am

    Sorry for the double post. I typed one and then tried to send and it disappeared and said there was an error. Typed another and oops, now there’s two!

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    April 26, 2016 at 12:14 am

    Why on earth would I want a garden that smells of garlic (as it would with allium)?

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      April 26, 2016 at 9:18 am

      Hi Al! Because alliums do not smell of garlic. They are in the garlic family. Therefore, your garden would not smell of garlic! The bulbs scent isn’t appealing to animals, but as humans, we do not encounter this issue.

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    April 26, 2016 at 12:35 am

    Great guide

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    Laura Amado
    April 26, 2016 at 5:04 am

    What a beautiful flower!

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    jandi @ohmydearests
    April 26, 2016 at 5:50 am

    these are just gorgeous! I love how they bring back such fond memories for you! <3

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    April 26, 2016 at 6:35 am

    So many choices but the The gladiator is my favorite!

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    Jean Tuthill
    April 26, 2016 at 8:09 am

    I have some Alliums but do not have enough! I would love to have some of the white ones, they are so pretty. Hope I win!

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    April 26, 2016 at 9:08 am

    I love the impossible colors they are – they’re so gorgeous!

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    Merlinda Little ( @pixiedusk)
    April 26, 2016 at 9:28 am

    They are a fave of mine too. I love taking photos of flowers and when theres Alliums I linger there longer. #mysundayphoto

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    Kristen C
    April 26, 2016 at 10:52 am

    persian blue!

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    Bren Haas
    April 26, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Alliums are awesome… first to put on the big show in the garden each year.

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    Beth Billstrom
    April 26, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Love alliums! What a terrific and informative post!

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    Brooke of Passport Couture
    April 26, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    I had no idea Alliums were in the same family as edible onions! It was fascinating to learn about these unique facts as well as hear your personal story behind this flower. It adds a wonderful touch to the post.

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    April 26, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    Alliums are so beautiful, I wish I could grow them in my zone but it is too hot.

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    Donna@Gardens Eye View
    April 26, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    I absolutely adore alliums of all kinds…edible and ornamental! Lovely photos and giveaway!

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    April 26, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    A neighbor on our street grows the Gladiator variety of Alliums and I’ve always admired them (and assumed they were incredible gardeners). The purple blooms bring us joy each time we walk by them. It’s as if we’ve stepped into “The Lorax,” or “Horton Hears a Who.”

    Thanks for posting this!

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    Ida P. Krause
    April 26, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    These are stunning. I didn’t know they came in so many variaties. I liked that Star one a lot and the purple ones.

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    The Adventure Ahead
    April 26, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    These are some of my favorite flowers of all time. I really love the purple ones 🙂 They make such pretty bouquets!

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    Sarah J
    April 26, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    How fun! I hadn’t heard of these until today – will have to add some this fall!

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    April 26, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    I love alliums but didn’t realize there are over 700 different types! I was only familiar with the varieties you posted. Definitely looking into some others!

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    Amy Scott
    April 27, 2016 at 6:41 am

    I’ve never heard of these, unless I just didn’t know the name to the flower! They certainly are whimsical, they look very Dr. Seuss-like! My favorite garden plants are the ones that look wild and have a mind of their own so to speak. I love manicured flower beds of course but there’s something more magical about a rugged garden.

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    April 27, 2016 at 6:59 am

    We just moved into our new home in Maryland. I brought some of my plants from Minnesota with me that I couldn’t part with. What’s really cool is, I ended up having 2 alliums bloom, and I have no idea where they came from! lol They’re both purple, and they smell lovely. It was a fun surprise when they blossomed.

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    Amanda Idlewild
    April 27, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    They’re such cool flowers! All I have at the moment are chives, which growing wonderfully well here in Alaska, but I want to add more!

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    Anne @ The Fitly Spoken Word
    April 27, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Idon’t think I’ve ever grown alliums. Do bunnies eat the bulbs? Our backyard is soggy so I’d have to plant them in the front, and the bunnies (or maybe squirrels) like to dig around the front garden beds. 🙁

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    Villroses hage
    April 27, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    I also love Alliums! Both the colors and shape! I grow several species and sorts in my garden. Favorites are ’Gladiator’, ‘Mount Everest’ and Allium caeruleum. And ‘Giganteum’! And of course ‘Purple Sensation’! Got a bucket full of these bulbs from my previous boss…

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    Kim @ Three Olives Branch
    April 27, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    I love alliums, especially the gladiator type! I have not put any in my yard yet, that might have to happen this year!

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    April 27, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    Gladiator allium have always been my favorite flower–they are so awe-inspiring!

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    April 27, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    I love Giant Alliums and planted bulbs 2 years ago. But, unfortunately, they didn’t perform well and didn’t even come back this year. The mini-alliums have worked well in the past here. (Florida).

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    Deb C
    April 27, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    The white Allium, Graceful is just what I need in a planter I fill every year with red, white and blue flowers. It is the perfect height.

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    April 28, 2016 at 1:58 am

    These flowers are beautiful.

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    April 28, 2016 at 6:11 am

    My, aren’t these stunning! They all look so different too. Thanks for sharing your wonderful outdoor post on this week’s Maple Hill Hop!

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    Floral Fridays
    April 28, 2016 at 8:41 am

    There are certainly an amazing range of hybrids available! Nice shots.
    Thank you for joining us at the Floral Friday Photos meme, I look forward to your next contribution.

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    Jill Rivera
    April 28, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Chives is the allium I would like to try to grow for the purple flowers and to add flavor to my food I make.

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    April 28, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Great read! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    robyn donnelly
    April 28, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    I love flowers and plants in all different types of arrangements.

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    Holly Guerrio
    April 28, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Great giveaway, thank you very much!

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    Francine Anchondo
    April 28, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    I love planting all kinds of different flowers.

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    Jenny S
    April 28, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    I’m trying to get myself a green thumb. I need something that will grow well in the upper Midwest. I LOVE the Summer Beauty variety. I live in Minnesota and would happily plant those as a nod to Prince.

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    Cindy Peterson
    April 28, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    I would like to try growing this unusual flower.

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    Kathy Hanley
    April 28, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    I do not have any alliums in my flower beds nor do I ever see them sold locally so I would love the opportunity to win some!

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    Cari Hansan
    April 28, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    I saw some giant Alliums last year in a neighbors garden and was knocked out by their awesomeness. Resulting in me seeking them out and planting them…they are just about ready to bloom…SO EXCITED!

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    Carolyn Daley
    April 28, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    The alliums are beautiful! We might plant a few more rose bushes in our backyard this summer.

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    image-in-ing: weekly photo linky
    April 29, 2016 at 6:31 am

    Allium are amazing. They have some at a local garden that must stand 3-4 feet tall at the height of the season: gorgeous blooms!
    Won’t you please come share your photos at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/04/worlds-best-meatloaf-recipe-wordful.html? I’d love to have you join us each week!

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    Earls Power washing
    April 29, 2016 at 8:00 am

    man if only everyone wrote this helpful and to the point, the planet
    would be a significantly better place lol

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    Jennifer romaine
    April 29, 2016 at 9:08 am

    I love alliums and grew a bunch at our first house. I haven’t planted any in this house though because we have almost no sun and lots of deer. but I also had no idea there were so many varieties! So pretty! thanks for linking up to Dishing It! & Digging It!

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    Jen Allen - Pierced Wonderings
    April 29, 2016 at 9:44 am

    I want to get some alliums to put around our gazebo – we’ve got society garlic growing back there now & I love the combination of the green foliage down low & the stalks of amazing flowers. I need to order some bulbs 😉

    Thanks for sharing with us at Photo Friday!

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    susan smoaks
    April 29, 2016 at 11:39 am

    i love beautiful flowers. i would love to get more.

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    April 29, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    I fell in love with alliums a couple of years ago, and would love to have more!

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    Cheryl B
    April 29, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    I love the Lavender Alliums. They are my favorite.

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    Adreanna T
    April 29, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    I’ve always wanted to grow Allium Globemaster. Thank you for the opportunity to enter this contest.

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    April 29, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    I’m growing Ambassador for the first time this year and I’m enamored with the leaves!

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    April 29, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    I’m growing Ambassador for the first time this year, and I’m enamored with the leaves so far.

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    April 29, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    I’m growing Ambassador for the first time this year, and I’m enamored with the leaves!

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    Juana Esparza
    April 29, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    How lovely! I’ve never tried Alliums, but I want to now especially the Purple Sensation.

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    April 30, 2016 at 12:25 am

    Beautiful and informative post! Thank you for linking this week at the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth! 🙂

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    laurie murley
    April 30, 2016 at 3:34 am

    I love all these beautiful plants and I also love trees, I love planting and watching them grow

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    joe gersch
    April 30, 2016 at 4:55 am

    I lvlove the purple alliums, what beautiful flowers. My wife woudl love them

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    April 30, 2016 at 9:31 am

    I have tried alliums once and I have one left that has come up the last 2 years! want to try again!1 they are like beautiful dandelions that we liked to blow through the winds as kids!

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    Jessica Rose
    April 30, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Those flowers look so gorgeous! I’ve only ever done vegetable gardening, but it would be cool to try flowers as well! I really like roses!

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    Lisa @ LTTL
    April 30, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    I learned so much from this post Angie. I am going to have to tuck this one away for when I build my forever garden as well.

    Lovely, lovely photos.

    Lisa @ LTTL

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    Karen May
    April 30, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    I grew some beautiful purple alliums last year. Every one came up and I loved them! But this year, nothing : ( I wonder what I did wrong.

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    Douglas Dunphy
    April 30, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    Beautiful flowers, do you know how long they would last after their cut?

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    Jen McGuinness (@JenMGardens)
    May 1, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Great article! I have to give them a try. I have had them in the past but the spot I chose must not have been a good one cause they didn’t come back.

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    May 1, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    I have not tried growing these before, but thinking they would look pretty in the garden.

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    Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread
    May 2, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    I just purchased my first three Allium bulbs ever. Now, I can use the post for future choices. Thank you. 🙂

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    Classy On The Run
    May 2, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Lovely flowers!

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    Floral Fridays
    May 4, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    How Delightful!
    Many thanks for joining the Floral Friday Fotos and I look forward to your next contribution.

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    Kim Cunningham
    May 5, 2016 at 10:34 am

    I love how whimsical they are!

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    Key Advantages of Water Butts
    May 28, 2016 at 10:59 am

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    model Celana Kantoran
    May 30, 2016 at 10:22 pm

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    Melinda Mitchell
    June 13, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Angie, these are all gorgeous!! (Perhaps because they are mostly purple??)
    Love them!!
    How sweet about you and your dad sharing the joy of their blooms!
    Thank you for following me!

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    July 18, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    I have purple ones in my garden. Did very well this year. Once the flower went to seed, i have saved these seeds. If i plant these, would they do just as well?

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