“Pomp & Circumstance”: The Towering & Majestic Statement Of “Alliums”

Towering Distinction:  The Pomp & Circumstance Of The Regal Allium
Towering Distinction: The Pomp & Circumstance Of The Regal Allium

Alliums. Elevated distinction of nature. The “exalted” appeal of grandness that the Allium presents in our surrounds is certainly worthy of consideration. Stunning globe shapes standing high above the landscape with majestic and striking, towering style.

With the arrival of Summer, the arrival of the glorious flowers that top a leafless stalk fills our surrounds. Alliums are perhaps one of the greatest bulbs that can typically provide constant color throughout the seasons in the temperate climates of the Northern Hemisphere . Alas, the common name “Ornamental Onion” perhaps does not give a grand nod to this imposing bloom of garden style. Either way, the grandiose and impressive bloom that tops tall stems moves beyond its name and link to the onion family…

The Allium is a genus of herbaceous perennial bulbous plants and is said to be one of 57 genera of flowering plants with more than 500 species. The plants are ‘perennialized’ by bulbs that reform annually from the base of the old bulb. Who knew? Alas, it is by far the largest genus in what is known as the “Amaryllidaceae” and “Alliceae” classifications, to our delight. Of interest, the Allium flower itself forms an “Umbel” (An umbel is defined as an inflorescence which consists of a number of short flower stalks (called pedicels) which spread from a common point, somewhat like umbrella ribs. The arrangement can vary from being flat topped to almost spherical). Certainly this natural design is part of the success of this ornamental perennial of distinction. Given that striking perennial garden designs provide contrasting shapes, Alliums provides visual interest with their rounded blooms. The erect flowers that tower upon the green stalks are a visual delight and perhaps add bold whimsy to our exterior world. When found within the garden setting, Alliums often add an element of unexpected beauty. “Pomp & Circumstance”, if you will. Alas, if a garden could sing, the Allium would be a key part of a magical symphony, indeed…

Majestic Display Within The Garden Setting:  Alliums
Majestic Display Within The Garden Setting: Alliums
Flowering Distinction: The Allium Of Towering Appeal
Flowering Distinction: The Allium Of Towering Appeal

And of the inclusion of the Allium flower within the joyous celebrations of life? Memorable impact and beauty, indeed…

Celebrations With The Glorious Allium
Celebrations With The Glorious Allium
Wedding Delights Paired With Impact Of The Allium
Wedding Delights Paired With Impact Of The Allium
Memorable Events Paired With Perennial Delights:  The Towering, Magnificent Allium
Memorable Events Paired With Perennial Delights: The Towering, Magnificent Allium
Interior Delights:  Alliums On Display
Interior Delights: Alliums On Display
Interior Delights:  Alliums On Display
Interior Delights: Alliums On Display

Consider the glory and magnificence of the Allium. Living in the Midwest, it is only appropriate that Alliums rise to their stately glory at the turn from late Spring in to early Summer. For me, their arrival is an awaited visual delight, indeed. Although there are variations of hues and white Alliums that grace the scenery, it is the purple hued towering Allium that thrills me with its regal color. Consider with appreciation the towering and majestic beauty of Alliums. Vivid globes of colorful delight. “Pomp & Circumstance”, indeed….

Kristin

“Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1844

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