Monday, July 26, 2010

The Last Blooming of the Garlic

It's time to head on over to the Little Red House for......
Mosaic Monday

Six years ago i planted an elephant garlic clove in a tire in my backyard. It grew. And it grew.
Which surprised me to no end, i had never grown garlic before.
It got taller, and taller, until finally, it stopped growing UP and started building a flower. By then it was over seven feet tall.

I said "WOW". In fact, i said it every day.

When i thought it was time to pull it and enjoy the rewards, i cut off the stem and dug it up. It was huge. And oh so good.
I forgot about it.

Come the next spring, there it was, peeking out of the dirt, pushing it's way up. It grew. And grew.
I didn't know about the little 'bulbetts', and that it would multiply. I was amazed.
It was just as tasty as the first time. Only, this time i ate the bloom too. Oh yum.

That garlic came up every year after that. Last year, as we were moving to this house, i spotted it, little green shoot pushing it's way out of the dirt again. I couldn't just leave it there, it had become a tall tale of the family. Plus, the dang bulbs were delicious, and big enough to share with the kids.... so, we gently dug it up and replanted it in a huge pot on the deck.
It grew. And grew. For the last time.
It was beautiful and tall and strange, and oh so tasty.
As silly as it is, i missed that dang garlic coming up this year.
Thankfully, i got pictures of it's last blooming.
Here is my 'Garlic Mosaic'.

11 comments:

  1. We also grew garlic this year, and like you I thought the bloom ends of the garlic were lovely. Your mosaic inspiration is so pretty!

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  2. Dear Linda,
    next year I will also try with garlic, this is amazing what you told.
    Thank you for passing by, at blogs thousands of kilometres are nothing!
    Have a wonderful day
    Anja

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  3. I enjoyed your story of the garlic and seeing it. I'd miss it, too. Hope that you get yourself another one.

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  4. Linda, that is amazing! Thanks for stopping by and telling me what that flowering bush is called.

    Hope you have a beautiful day!

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  5. Tasty and pretty! Will have to try that.

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  6. Oh, i completely understand missing a plant, garlic or any other, when you've had it and watched it growing for a few years.

    Great photos of your special plant.

    Hope you have a very nice day,
    Susan

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  7. Linda, thank you for visiting my blog. What do the leaves of the garlic look like? I may have one but I thought it was an odd looking flower(hee hee). I bought this green plant on clearance last year and it didn't have a tag with it. The bud and the flower look so much like your pictures.

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  8. Love your mosaic!! I am hosting a Giveaway on my blog and would love for you to stop by.

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  9. have never grown garlic. i think that watching something besides weeds is enjoyable to see life growing.

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  10. What a delightful story and plant! I never grew one either but what fun to see it grow... and grow! Made for a great mosaic too!

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  11. I love garlic, and I loved your garlic story. I'll bet that garlic will be part of your family lore!

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