Friday, May 23, 2008

Egyptian Walking Onions

These are my Egyptian Walking Onions. The blue flowers in the background are flax, and the purple flowers are a magnificent sage bush at the height of its bloom (which has the bees giddy). These are called Walking Onions because they form onion bulblets at their tips (just forming in this picture) which fall of their own weight, bending the stalk to the ground, where the bulblet roots and forms a new plant, thus 'walking' to a nearby location. Left to their own, they'll cover a large area, walking in this fashion. I contain the group by weeding them out and eating them and by mowing along the edge of their bed.

They're awesome, yes?

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