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'.


  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!

  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

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

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

    Hope you have a beautiful day!

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

  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,

  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.

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

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

  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!

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