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Garlic Flowers

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

I've been watching different varieties of shallots and garlic grow in my square foot garden boxes and grow bags. Much like my weight loss, I didn't know they were going to be such slow growers. But the coolest thing was the elephant garlic this week. I had 3 spathes sprout up a couple of weeks ago, and this week they opened, revealing the flowers you see in the photo. My photography doesn't do them justice. They are a pale lavender shade. After I took the picture, I added some to a vegetable juice I made for a snack.

Then they added zing to my avocado/lime/sundried tomato dressing that topped my lunch salad. When I chewed one flower by itself, it had a STRONG bite to it, nothing like what you'd expect from such a pretty little flower. Definitely a surprise.

My journey here at spark people has had those kind of surprising moments when I think, Wow! I never thought of that; or, Okay, I never expected this!

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NORASPAT 5/24/2013 7:31PM

    My chives are going wild. I love the taste in a salad and I also like it with cottage cheese. Even better to stuff a roast potato with it. Dream on, I am such a SPUD LOVER Hugs Pat in Maine.
HUGS, well done your garden is doing well. We are somewhat waterlogged right now. Apple blossom everywhere but how can the bees pollenate if they cannot fly waterlogged. HUGS Pat emoticon emoticon

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ANGEL1066 5/22/2013 10:13PM

    Love my garlic, from Elephant to the tiny wild cloves. The lovely flowers are a plus, welcome in my garden. Enjoy!

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SHARJOPAUL 5/22/2013 9:54AM

As you wait for the garlic & shallots to mature you can also use some of the leaves, chop them up like chives (all in the same family, allium).

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PKBOO3 5/22/2013 8:19AM

    Interesting. I've been thinking of growing a couple of herbs myself. Just don't know which ones to choose.

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PAHOOT 5/22/2013 7:45AM

    Growing your own food is so wonderful. Good for you!

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JOYB19 5/22/2013 12:57AM

    Pretty things! You had some good eats today - yay!!!

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PATRICIAAK 5/21/2013 8:25PM


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GEORGE815 5/21/2013 7:36PM

    Great. Keep growing!

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LESLIELENORE 5/21/2013 5:34PM

    We use garlic scapes in greens. Very yummy.

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HARMONIUM 5/21/2013 5:30PM

    What a lovely picture! Thank you.

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L*I*T*A* 5/21/2013 5:22PM

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FCARMICH 5/21/2013 2:40PM

  interesting - thanx!

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