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Monday, April 23, 2012

It's A Purple Sensation!

An Allium aflatunense 'Purple Sensation' sensation!

Gee, isn't nature grand!

I hope your garden is filled with sensational flowers that delight the senses.

Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone." She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission.


  1. It's gorgeous! I planted 2 'PS's' and they are in bud but haven't yet popped. I can't wait;-)

    1. I have to treat them like annuals and plant more each fall...Glad you like them and have them in your garden.

  2. Nature is certainly grand, dear Gail, as are your lovely images~! I am sad to report that Purple Sensation seems to be an annual here, after some years of testing. That is not a problem, we will just plant new ones each fall. It is better to know than to not know something like that.

  3. I don't believe it - mine are at about the same point as yours. What a weird spring.

  4. Gail, your photos are simply stunning. They behave like an annual this far north as well -- and I thought it was just me. it's refreshing to know that others have the same experience.

  5. I just love them. Mine are already open, but they seem a bit lost in my garden this year. I need to think on that. :) Hugs.~~Dee

  6. Love the pictures of them half-emerged! Alliums are so pretty, though my one attempt at growing them did not succeed. For some reason they didn't care for the soggy clay in which I tried to grow them..

  7. It is sensational. I do see a bit of budding on the alliums although some have brown foliage from dryness. Yours are fab!

  8. Mine are barely out of the ground!

  9. Mine have sent up shoots, but no buds, much less flowers yet.

  10. So lovely!

    My 'Purple Sensation' lasted 3 winters and I didn't plant any last fall, so there are none. However, my christophii came back (I even transplanted those in March).

  11. Beautiful alliums, onceof my favourite flowers

  12. Lovely! One more for the "I need some of those someday" file. Your photos are so pretty!

  13. Thank you for giving us the whole blooming sequence. My alliums here in Michigan are only showing their bottom leaves.

  14. I totally LOVE Purple Sensation. Even with other varieties in my garden, this is my favorite...that rich, vibrant purple is the best!

  15. Nice photos and blooms, Eichelberrger.

  16. Purple is beautiful especially as portrayed here. That is the best shadow shot I have seen in some time. Well done. I will be out looking closely at shadows today, if we are lucky enough to have some sun. Have a great day.

  17. My Purple Sensation allium are in full bloom, too. Too early!

  18. Hi Gail, I came here to get your link for my WW post. I love your photos! I don't know what the name of my big onion is that looks like yours, but I sure enjoy it. I need to figure out when I can divide it.

  19. Wonderful! One of my favorite plants! Great images, Gail!

  20. Just gorgeous. I love this allium and your photos are so clear and sharp. Soon the bees will be buzzing!

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