Latest Activity: Aug 22, 2013
Started by Kris AZ. Last reply by Douglas Plotkin Aug 16, 2010.
Update on the unknown onion. Research resolved the mystery. This is an Egyptian Walking Onion or a Tree Onion. The history behind this very old hybrid places it currently under culinary use in Bulgaria!
The following information was taken from Wikipedia:
"Tree onions, Allium ×proliferum, are similar to common onions, but with a cluster of bulblets where a normal onion would have flowers. Genomic evidence has conclusively shown that they are a hybrid of the common onion (A. cepa) and the Welsh onion (A. fistulosum). However, some sources may still treat the tree onion as A. cepa var. proliferum or A. cepa Proliferum Group..."
I thought you might like to see the same stem, today, 24 hours after the original photograph where I asked for help with identification.
Reposting of the same stalk 24 hours earlier.
The literature didn't speak of the growth habit at the base of the plant, yet I found the base equally as intriguing.
Now I understand why the Egyptian Walking Onion is referred to as one of the most interesting onions to grow. I would agree!
I sincerely hope these photos and my rather lengthy text is informative, not off-putting.
Thank you Kirsten and Grant for sharing your nest photos. I hope you will keep us updated with pictures of the chicks as they hatch and grow. Seeing your images was an ahh moment this morning. Thank you for taking the time to share them.
I enjoy white rabbit figures in my garden, as they are whimsical and friendly. I find them at thrift stores where they are affordable and I have a friend in the garden. This is a 1/2 wine barrel from Baker Nursery that I just planted with First Prize rose, vinca, and I'itoi onions (a precious gift from a fellow gardener). These are in the west side yard, so no sun until about noon. I planted I'itoi onion starts several different locations around the house to see where they liked the conditions best.
The history of successful growth of the Iitoi or Papago Onion is fascinating, to say the least. They were discovered in the Casa Grande ruins growing in bunches on the east side of fallen walls. They are thought to be first introduced by the Spaniards in northern Mexico and given to the Papago Indians living in the Sonoran desert because the species is so drought tolerant.
Here is a photograph of my new planting. Notice the fallen blossoms from the Jacaranda tree above the area. In a few days, we will have what appears to be blue snow blanketing everything. Lovely in the morning. I will rake them after enjoying the color for a few days.
Okay, fellow gardeners, I need some help identifying this onion. I was given a few onion bulbs by a gardener from Bulgaria. I planted them last fall, and they wintered nicely. Several weeks ago, on what appear to be normal leaves, not flowering stalks, a "joint" of papery growth formed, one on each bulb. Here is a photograph taken last evening of one such segment.
The "joint" segment of the leaf is now giving rise to what appears to be a "pup" for the lack of another term. Notice the leaf past the joint is growing as if the growth had not been interrupted at all. I suspect, this "pup" will be a new plant, however I don't know how the leaf will fall to allow the new plants to root.
Does anyone out there know what this is, genus=Allium, but what species and variety? Where to go to look for more information?
Thank you for your time.
Good morning everyone! I hope you got some rain like my garden did. Everything looks and feels so fresh out in the garden this morning, including these flowering tobaccos (Nicotiana alata) which smell *wonderful* this morning. They are planted in the ground on the east side of a covered patio. You can see some of my honeysuckle in the background along with my friend the watering can who is getting a rest today, hah! Everything does look all fresh and dewy this morning! Happy gardening!
Happy cloudy-and-off-and-on-rain morning everyone! Kirsten, I love all the new pics you posted! Thanks for taking the time and the effort to share them, they're so fun to see. I love the mourning dove "nest", LOL. Seriously, those birds just toss two sticks together and call it a nest, LOL. Is anyone sitting on that egg at all? Either way it's a fun discovery! Your snail vine and self-sowing bed look great too. It's always nice to have a little part of our gardens where things can pop up when and where they want, isn't it? And yours looks so nice and tidy too. Looks like a really nice mix in there. Your lobelia is holding up nicely too--mine was getting a little annoyed with the warm temperatures lately, but is perked up a bit today.
Thanks again for taking the time/effort to share the pics, they're great!
Oh, and speaking of "nests", here's what I found in my big donkey pot full of white-flowered crown of thorns this week: a deposit of 11 Gambel's quail eggs. I'll have to work hard to find a balance between giving mamma enough privacy and giving the plant enough water to survive, LOL. I deal with this at least once a year, with quail, or mourning doves. It'll be fun to watch the little puffy chicks run around the garden when they hatch. Happy gardening all!
Second pic shows the donkey pot up on a plant stand. Wilson the tennis ball added for scale. More pics from around the garden in my April 2012 photo album. Take care all!
Gorgeous sunrise this morning! I sat outside and had coffee, read the paper, and enjoyed the beautiful weather and sky, under the watchful eye of this cherry red Echinopsis. Such a treat. Afternoon shade and water once a week or all it asks. Nice flush of spring blooms and occasional repeats all summer and autumn. Happy gardening all!
It's Echinopsis season here in the Valley, and I love it. Just for fun here's a pic of one that greeted me this morning (there are several others budding up too, love it). Wilson the tennis ball included to show relative size. I just give them dappled sun or afternoon shade, and water only when quite dry. I've accidentally built up quite a collection, but why not? They're colorful, they're easy, and they love it here. I hope you'll take a look and enjoy. Also including a couple of pics of an Adenium obesum I've been growing for several years. Happy gardening, all!
Great pictures, Deborah, thanks for sharing them. I'll be swinging by the DBG this weekend for sure. Thanks for the eye candy! Take care all, Grant.
The Desert Botanical Gardens cacti are nearly bloomed out, with the taller varieties beginning to flower. The weather was just perfect this morning until about 10:30 a.m., then a little warm for me.
Here are a couple of scape shots for your enjoyment.
The first photo was taken standing just north of the membership booth before you enter the gardens.
This second one was taken just west of the gift shop looking south. There was a roadrunner with a lizard in his mouth that ran past me just after I shot this image.
It really is time to visit the gardens!
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