honey suckle

honey suckle

18.6.14

Star of Persia

Allium christophii has been my favorite since I first looked it at the Sissinghurst Castle in Kent.

Hundreds of tiny, metallic blue-purple star shaped florets make a large spherical flower.  Sometimes called the 'Star of Persia' because it is a native of Turkey and Iran.

The border garden at Sissinghurst Castle in 2010

I had been looking for the bulbs of the allium, and two years ago I got a dozen of bulbs and planted.  They bloomed splendidly in 2013 and 2014.  

May 2013

May 2014

May 2014


Dried flower heads are quite ornamental in the garden as well as in a vase.  They last for years.

17th June 2014




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