Monday, June 7, 2010

the allium




























allium are members of the onion family & depending on their variety, the flower heads range in size from an inch to a foot! supposedly the stems give off only a slight onion odor when cut or crushed. I love them just as they are seen displayed here at the farmingdale state college teaching garden. isn't this  a wonderful scene? 


24 comments:

Martha Z said...

What a beautiful lavender scene. When the page opened my first reaction was, Wow!

You must be a night-owl, either that or you've moved to the west coast, which I'm sure you haven't.

missb@dragonflyvintage said...

love the crazy space-orb-like alliums! I've never been to the Farmingdale garden, someday I'll have to make a point of visiting.

Pietro said...

What a fine image, Lily! These flowers are really beautiful and, I should say, funny too.
Happy new week!

Poetic Shutterbug said...

These are absolutely exquisite photos. The colors and styles are just amazing.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Beautiful photo! Farmingdale State College teaching gardens looks like a wonderful place to visit.

A 2 Z said...

Oh!Oh! My computer is playing tricks. I cant see the picture. I will come back in a few hours to view it. Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm a new follower.

Anne-Marie

msdewberry said...

That is a great picture! I love the purples and would love to wander down that path and enjoy this garden!

Bibi said...

You bet it's a wonderful scene....my favorite color, too.

KaHolly said...

Oh my, they are strikingly beautiful!

Shell Sherree said...

Beautiful and quirky, the way they are bobbing around everywhere ~ it is a wonderful scene, Lily!

Regina said...

Simply amazing!
Happy Monday.

Marlene said...

Beautiful photo. I have never seen so many of these unusual, gorgeous flowers in one spot.

Anonymous said...

That is so beautiful, lovely colors. Nothing like nature's paintings. PGma

Lois said...

Gorgeous purple color!

Alexa said...

Thanks for this one, Lily. I love alliums—and you've really captured some beauties here!

Daryl said...

I thought they were illium .. no matter, they are so pretty

MedaM said...

What a beautiful garden and what a wonderful scene of lovely blue flowers! Great photo, indeed!

Janie said...

I love these big bright blooms. Great photo!

NYC In Photographs said...

Nice shot! My grandmother use to have these in her backyard and they were always one of my favorites.

Andrea said...

What an awesome exquisite scene! Onions here don't flower so i haven't seen one like that, wonderful indeed. The slightly blurred umbel at the left is also worth a close-up shot. The colors made them more alluring. thank you.

Kitty said...

these are quite hilarious and remind me of Dr Seuss. My mom used to plant these and I agree about the onion smell. I always thought they were veggies.

Thérèse said...

Just in time for the World Cup 2010! lol

Mark Kreider said...

This photo is SO COOL!! It seems almost alien to have that many alium(s) around. Great shot!

Kathleen said...

I love them! Purple lollipops!