When you arrive at Tanglewood Park, just follow your nose to a wonderfully soft violet scent. You are looking everywhere for some specimen in the Liliaceae family that is causing such an uproar in the Bee and Butterfly world. Butterflies and Bees are breaking world records and passing vehicles traveling 50 mph to fight over this delightful attraction. So what is it? Where is it? It’s everywhere at the Tanglewood Park and Gardens maintained by the Master Gardeners of Forsyth County, North Carolina.
Bees and Butterflies can’t read so I read it for them. They were waiting on my arrival so I could tell them it was Garlic Chives or Allium schoenoprasum.
I don’t know who all was there but the Bees and Butterflies aren’t the only fans of the Garlic Chive pollen extravaganza. Some of these guys showed up and acted all cool with their high styling attitude and model like bodies. No one knew their names but we were all mesmerized by them. If you know who they are, would you tell us?
The Bird Girl has caught word of the Garlic Chive event and moved here from the Telfair Museum in Savannah. She’s tired of being known as the Bird Girl from Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. She wants to be know as The Garlic Girl with the Tilted Head from Tanglewood. Instead of her hands holding plates of birdseed, she would prefer to hold plates of delicious Garlic Chives. She would like you to know they smell just like sweet violets and not garlic or chives. It was part of her decision to move here.
The Garlic Girl with the Tilted Head from Tanglewood as she is referred to from here out as T.G.G.W.T.T.H.F.T looks out over more Garlic Chives nestled along side Supertunias from Proven Winners. She wishes Garlic Chives was a Proven Winners cultivar. It would be known as the TGGWTTHFT Chive cultivar. There would be a catchy tune to go along with it.
More of the Chives;)
If you like one of them then why not hundreds of them.
She hasn’t slept since she’s been here. No one knows when she arrived or how long she’s been standing there. It looked like long enough for berries to make it through the digestive system of many bird species.
I wanted to dive head first into this maddening arrest to my oil-factory glands but massive Bee stings rocked my nerve endings to reality.
This is not your mother’s garlic. It’s hardy in zone 3-9 and likes dry well drained soil. Snip the blooms if you don’t want this many cause it reseeds! Divide the bulbs if you do want many to a lot. Gets about 2 feet tall but requires no shoes. Blooms in August and September. Full Sun and Rock and Roll.
Here is what Wikipedia has to say about it! Turns out it’s good for cooking and making Chinese pancakes. Will waffles do?