cornish alliums

Up on the back of Perran sands, on the road that heads towards Mount, the single track lane is flanked on both sides by farms and fields, with the huge dunes stretching out to the west. I drive along this road perhaps once a week and in the summer the hedgerows come alive with wild flora and fauna.

Last year I noticed huge onion looking orbs, balanced on top of long stalks, but never caught them in flower. This year they were there again, swaying in the wind, pointing up at the sky. I almost missed them in flower again, having seen them in bud and then being away for almost two weeks. So when I passed them earlier this week I managed to grab a few snaps. They’re alliums, and they’re past their best, but set against a carpet of cloud and intense mid summer, evening sun they still look pretty stunning.

Here’s a bit of information about alliums from the RHS:

Alliums, also known as ornamental onions, are grown for their showy flower heads, which come in wide range of sizes and shades of blue, purple, white and yellow. Even when the plants die back, the dried flower heads look attractive in the garden, or can be cut for indoor display.

They thrive in a sheltered, sunny, open, well-drained site. They do not like cold, exposed or waterlogged conditions. Also avoid planting in freshly manured soils. A number of smaller growing species do well in cooler, moister conditions such as Allium cyathophorum var. farreri and A. moly.


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