Alliums, Garlic and a Potager

It’s been a good year so far on the Hillside for our potager. The plot near the orchard which we had ploughed up by the local farmer last year looked intimidatingly large at first, more suitable for feeding a couple of rugby teams than our tiny household, but as Mr H has worked his green-fingered magic on various plants and seedlings since the springtime, it now looks more sensible and has already produced wonderful crops of new potatoes, onions, green beans, courgettes, salads, chillies and garlic.

We tried an experiment with the garlic, to see if cloves from ordinary shop bought bulbs could produce more decent bulbs to eat (at the same time planting proper seed garlic). Although the resulting crop from the shop garlic was far too small to bother eating, the flower heads on these plants are amazing, not in fact flowers at all but masses of miniature, rose-coloured bulbs which I’ve decided I will harvest and then replant to see what happens.

Inevitably I couldn’t resist taking a few photos of them before they return once more to the soil…….


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18 Comments Add yours

  1. Timothy Price says:

    Wonderful photos! It’s always nice when you can get great photos out of the plants not worthy of eating.

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    1. Cheers Timothy! Yes they won’t cook up much of a storm but I think they may just make some interesting flowers so we’ll see!

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  2. Sue says:

    What a lovely set of images!

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    1. Many thanks Sue – pleased you like them!

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  3. Heavenly photographs, Jane. We sometimes receive some bulbs from our farmer landlord – a treat.

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    1. Thankyou Sarah! We eat so much garlic we just had to start growing our own, especially when the supermarket was selling garlic from North Africa! Crazy :/ 😀

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      1. We intend to do the same.

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  4. Superb colors – fits so well!

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    1. Thankyou Herbert! 🙂


  5. west517 says:

    Sublime Jane!! Garlic is one of my favorite “subjects” for sure!! Beautifully done! ❤

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    1. Thankyou west) Lovely to hear from you, and so pleased you like them!


  6. elifamily2 says:

    Beautiful shots. Have you tried making a pesto out of the garlic scapes, the green part, make just like basil pesto, with pine nuts and olive oil, just yummy.

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    1. Thankyou! And thankyou for the tip re the pesto! I shall definitely have to try it ! 🙂

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  7. kazg10 says:

    Jane you have a way of making some everyday cooking items look unbelievable and just so wonderful in your still lifes 🙂

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    1. Thank you Kaz! I really appreciate that 🙂

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  8. Oh, the subtle color of tender life in it’s hidden infancy. It’s beautiful, Jane. Warm and inviting.
    The potager sounds like it was a wondrous success this summer. Nothing like a bountiful harvest to keep one’s autumn spirits content.
    In the past, I’ve often taken the garlic flower heads and infused them in champagne vinegar. Cheap and cheerful, and wonderfully tasty. Plus they’ve made super holiday gifts. The garden keeps on giving.

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    1. Thanks Shelley, what a lovely idea re the vinegar – will have to look into that one – yes you’re right there’s something wonderful about squirrelling things away for the winter and eating one’s own produce, tastes so much better! 🙂


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