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Allium buds already!

Hi there.  I was just interested to see how peoples' Alliums are faring; mine have already got stalks with buds on them?!  I reckon they'll be coming into flower in a couple of weeks or so, which is rather early, I believe.  (They've only been in my border for a couple of years, they've formed a bit of a 'clump' and I didn't plant them like that; I think I may have to divide them once they're over.  I don't know the variety, they were just from Wilkos and it's one of the few labels I've mislaid since starting gardening three years ago).   Anyway, it'll be interesting to hear from anyone else about this.  :)


  • LynLyn Posts: 21,919
    I’ve got some in bud but only the large ones, the drumstick types are no where near flowering. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Hi @Lyn, thanks for replying.  Ah, it's reassuring to hear that my Alliums aren't doing anything really odd compared to anyone else's, thank you!  I've never made a note of when I first see their buds but my feeling is that it's earlier than usual.  Just hope there's bees around to enjoy them when they come into flower!  :)
  • ForTheBeesForTheBees Posts: 168
    I planted a bunch of Allium caeruleums in the borders last autumn; they're still just leaves. However I had a few bulbs I forget to plant and which I discovered just after Christmas. They'd started to sprout so I threw them in a pot. I noticed this morning that the first one has the first signs of a bud.
  • I live on the south coast and have a south south facing garden.
    My alliums are throwing up flower spikes, all varieties.
    I know they are usually flowering my Chelsea and just looked at my photos from last year and they were flowering end of April, with the bluebells x
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,919
    I’ve just looked back over the years and the earliest they were fully out in flower was 24th May.  They do take a long time for the buds to grow up and open, let’s keep eye on them and see what happens. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,180
    I noticed buds yesterday on the alliums I planted in the school garden I look after. They are 'Christophii' and 'Purple Sensation'. The smaller ones are still just leaves. 
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • AuntyRachAuntyRach Posts: 4,986
    I don’t think I have any buds yet, so will inspect tomorrow, but I have seen some in full bloom today (and Gladioli!)...

    at the RHS Cardiff Spring Flower Show. 

    My garden and I live in South Wales. 
  • BijdezeeBijdezee Posts: 1,484
    Mine have buds on too. I forget I had moved them and thought they were something else. 
  • chickychicky Posts: 10,379
    Buds here too APS, I always associate them flowering with Chelsea
  • Thanks everyone for your replies.  It seems my Alliums aren't behaving so oddly after all?!  Mine are in a South-facing border and we've had some unseasonably warm spells at times, so perhaps that's why they're a tad earlier than I expected.  Thanks again everyone and good luck with your Alliums this year!  :)
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