I held the camera low to the ground trying to grab a picture of this allium, either chives or crow garlic, probably the latter, growing strongly in little clumps at the base of this Bronze Age mound at Badocks Wood.

Zeb always seems to get in the pictures whether I want him to or not,  but I like the way his tail echoes the bent piece of allium so I thought I would show it to you.

I am looking longingly for the first signs of the wild garlic, but it will be a while yet.

17 thoughts on “And still we go out every day…

  1. heidiannie

    I know what you mean- I’m looking forward to Spring on all kinds of levels! Warm weather shows up every third day or so- freezing and snow the rest of the time.
    Winter is always too long after Christmas.

    1. Joanna Post author

      I think English winter doesn’t often start these days till after Christmas Heidi, the bonus is that the daylight hours are getting longer quickly though even though it gets so cold from time to time. My part of England seems to escape the snow and when we do get it, it rarely lasts that long. We haven’t had any proper snow here yet. It’s been far colder and snowier in the eastern part of the country where Misk lives.

  2. hotlyspiced

    Wild garlic! I do love it when things grow wild and you can just pick them and take them home. So much nicer than the supermarket experience.

    1. Joanna Post author

      The woods are carpeted with wild garlic in the spring, I still have pesto in the freezer from last year that I made with it. Yum!

  3. peasepudding

    Great pic, you couldn’t have got Zeb to do that pose if you had tried

    1. Joanna Post author

      Thanks peasepudding! It was a surprise to me to find him in there when I looked at the photos when I got home :)

  4. Misk Cooks

    I wish we lived nearer one another. We could take our doggies out for walks, and you could teach me what’s edible and what’s not. I wouldn’t know wild garlic if it jumped up and bit me on my leg.

    1. Joanna Post author

      That would be lovely wouldn’t it? I don’t know how widespread wild garlic is in your part of the world, it grows mostly in damp woodlands and is very easy to recognise once it’s in flower, both by how it looks and how it smells. I wrote some posts about it in previous years which are on the blog :) Here’s one showing the flowers. The one in this blog post isn’t the same plant, but is apparently known as crow garlic, looks like chives to me.

  5. cityhippyfarmgirl

    Zeb sounds like my Monkeys. Don’t want them in the photo, they are in, do want them in, and they are all over the shop. I’ve always said they were like puppies… just without the fluffy black tails :-)

    1. Joanna Post author

      I always find it quite strange when I hold the camera at ground level and just snap, I feel like I’m a Borrower or something, but it’s all good fun. I love your Monkey photos Brydie :)

  6. Melanie

    Looks like Zeb is possibly enjoying all the smells her little nose can find in that grass. Great picture of the grass and companion. That looks like the exact same stuff I see around here. In fact there is a ton of it in our new back yard. I’ve never seen it produce a flower/bulb though. Maybe thats because it gets cut or killed before I see it flower.

    1. Joanna Post author

      Hate to break it to you but Zeb is a (whispers) boy!

      I tried to read up about this allium last night, it is probably the same stuff you have everywhere as it grows all over the Northern hemisphere. I don’t recall seeing it flowering either but I will keep an eye out this Spring. I am not sure how botanists identify the different sorts from the leaves alone. I think it is one of those plants that becomes a weed very quickly in the wrong place, ie. people’s back yards :)

    1. Joanna Post author

      He is a complete camera ham, except when I want him to pose then he looks down at the ground and gets very interested in something invisible and smelly.

      The clump in this photo isn’t my beloved wild garlic (ramsons http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramsons) which have strap like leaves and white flowers like little stars

      but another allium, either chives, unlikely or one which goes by the name of crow garlic, http://www.ukwildflowers.com/Web_pages/allium_vineale_crow_garlic.htm

      but to me it smells of chives…. maybe it’s similar to your onion weed.. they are all different varieties of the same family, depending on where in the globe you live.

      Onion weed in Canada is called http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allium_canadense
      Onion weed in Australia I think is this character romulae rose (sounds like something out of Star Trek, but I see it came from South Africa originally) http://www.dpi.vic.gov.au/agriculture/dairy/pastures-management/ag1389-onion-grass-romulea-rosea

      One person’s foraging find is another person’s nuisance weed after all.. :)

  7. Mal

    Flat or round leaf cross section? There’s Field, Keeled and Rose as well as Crow Garlic (as well as plain garden chives). The flower is the only way to nail this one!

    1. Joanna

      Goodness me! thanks for this Mal :) I will snip a piece off next time I’m there and let you know – and will watch for the flowers, unless the Parks dept mow it down first.

  8. T Y

    Over in Bath, the wild garlic (ramson) shoots have just started to pop up. Plenty to come I’m sure.

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