Flowers on Friday

A type of ornamental onion, also known as round-headed leek, drumstick allium (Allium sphaerocephalon) is appreciated for the egg-shaped blooms that appear in early summer.  These unique flowers open green, then start to turn a purple/crimson colour from the top, creating unusual two-tone drumstick flower heads.

And the bees love them!

16 Comments Add yours

  1. restlessjo says:

    I love them too. And this is a spectacularly good shot. Happy Friday, Jude! 🙂 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Those bees were so fast it was hard to get a clear shot of any, so I was pleased to find this one had two bees! They are super flowers and such a lovely colour too. I hope they come back next year.

  2. We planted these for the first time this year and are delighted by them and the bees that flock to them. Can bees flock? 🙂

    1. Murtagh's Meadow says:

      They are a lovely colour

    2. Heyjude says:

      I guess bees swarm, but yes I know what you mean, first time I have grown them too and I do like them, I’m thinking of getting more for the other raised bed. Not sure all 40 bulbs have appeared and I hope they come back next year!

      1. We are hoping the same and we, too, are thinking of getting some more. I’m loving their two tone look. I think I need them in my purple , white and green garden with some white aliums. 🙂

        1. Heyjude says:

          They would definitely look good there.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Not seen many bees this year and these are quite small, but good to see some at last.

      1. Sue says:

        Yes, worrying about the declining populations….

  3. Jo Shafer says:

    I’ve not heard of this type, only the round heads, like purple balls.

    1. Heyjude says:

      These flower later than the globe ones. I love their neat small heads.

  4. I love alliums and have tried growing them in the past with little success. I must have another go. These ones are particularly pretty.

    1. Heyjude says:

      These ones are even better than the globes I think, well they take up less room and the leaves are less invasive. Also I love the dark blackcurrant colour!

  5. rusty duck says:

    I started off with about 30. But something has eaten all except one. Either that or they have turned their roots up at my heavy clay soil. The remaining one gets a lot of love!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Oh, that’s a shame. Only half of mine have appeared so maybe they are not easy to grow? But they really are lovely and I shall definitely add more this autumn.

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