sweet onion, barbecuing onion, nodding wild onion, lady's leek, garden Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Pacific Northwest

Welcoming More Nodding Onion

The warm July browns the moss on our rocky outcropping.  The licorice ferns have disappeared into their summer dormancy.  It’s the Nodding Onions that brave the drought.

sweet onion, barbecuing onion, nodding wild onion, lady's leek, garden Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Pacific Northwest
photo by SVSeekins

The delicate pink flowers of Allium cernuum look too fragile to survive the heat – but here they are.  🙂

Last year the deer grazed this patch of wild bulbs. That surprised me because deer tend to leave smelly plants alone.  But this year? It seems this onion is not on their menu. Who knows why?

sweet onion, barbecuing onion, nodding wild onion, lady's leek, garden Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Pacific Northwest
photo by SVSeekins

Nodding onion is a native wildflower throughout the pacific northwest.  It likes the winter rain & summer dry of Southern Vancouver Island.  It’s a perfect low maintenance garden plant.  Instead of primping & coddling exotic plants – I welcome more of these natives into our ornamental garden.

So, I’m letting this little clump just do its thing.
No deadheading,
therefore
Self-seeding.
I’m imagining a haze of summer pink on this hillside in a few years.  Can’t you picture it?

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