Ode to Garlic Chives

Glowing bright

Splashing white much needed here

Growing among rocks

 Overflowing  everywhere

Popping up in Phox

Combining with Russian Sage


Contrasting Coleus Mix

Budding at this late stage

Shooting stars after six

Volunteering by the stream


Reaching up as if

Adhering to a theme

Leaning yet unbending

Tending to what flies

Marking Summer’s Ending

Sharing Garlic Chives.

This entry was posted on Saturday, September 3rd, 2011 at 5:11 PM and is filed under Perennials. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.


  1. Indie says:

    Your garlic chives are so cute! Do you use them in cooking at all? I love the pic of the butterfly!

    ... on September 3rd, 2011
  2. The Sage Butterfly says:

    I really enjoyed this post. You were able to capture all their little adventures. My favorite is the photo of the chives mixing in with the phlox…cute! They really do blend well with everything…deserving of a dedicated ode!

    ... on September 3rd, 2011
  3. Laura says:

    Ah ha… you’re a poet! Did you know it?! Lovely post… I especially like the combination of these with the Russian Sage!
    By the way, I was at Florediem Flower Farm today…..!

    ... on September 3rd, 2011
  4. Garden Sense says:

    So glad to see your post. I saw Garlic Chives in a garden, thought they were beautiful, but didn’t know what they were. I love white in the garden. Thanks!

    ... on September 4th, 2011
  5. Alistair says:

    Your chives look wonderful with the companion planting. And may I say your blog set up is very handsome.

    ... on September 4th, 2011
  6. Nicole says:

    I am still trying to visualize how you got the photo looking up through the chives. I am partial to the one with the bumblebee in flight as I’m sure you would have guessed. I enjoyed all the photos though!

    ... on September 4th, 2011
  7. Elephant's Eye says:

    I was only thinking that I love to eat them, leaves and flowers both. But you make them a starring attraction in the garden. I need more, much more, garlic chives!

    ... on September 4th, 2011
  8. One says:

    Laura is right! You are a poet. Garlic chives are so pretty. Need to grow them.

    ... on September 4th, 2011
  9. Donna says:

    The chives look good everywhere you have them, but they are special at the Russian Sage. And what is that butterfly, so pretty?

    ... on September 4th, 2011
  10. Chris says:

    Thanks for all the comments everyone! The butterfly is an American Copper. We haven’t used the Garlic Chives for cooking too much.

    ... on September 5th, 2011
  11. linniew says:

    I feel I have bonded with your chives! I especially liked the flowers & bee in silhouette against the blue sky. Of the words I liked the last two lines best. They turned the end of one thing into the fostering of another, well done!

    ... on September 5th, 2011
  12. Christine says:

    They look lovely! Especially with the phlox!

    ... on September 6th, 2011
  13. debsgarden says:

    Great ode to garlic chives, my favorite herb! I love the way their fragrance combines with other smells in my garden. Your photos are lovely. The glimpses of your garden are tantalyzing. I must explore your blog further!

    ... on September 6th, 2011
  14. Hanni @ Sweet Bean Gardening says:

    Very, very pretty! I thought I had garlic chives in my garden…but mine bloom purple. Maybe they aren’t garlic chives after all! Or maybe just a different kind. :)

    ... on September 6th, 2011
  15. Andrea says:

    When i saw some plants here like that i thought they are some kinds of onions, haha, thanks for this post, i learned they are garlic chives. They are lovely, especially that photo against the sky, love it.

    ... on September 6th, 2011
  16. Masha says:

    Lovely pictures! I like the “looking up” one especially. I rarely see the white ones, they are beautiful.

    ... on September 6th, 2011
  17. Carolyn♥ says:

    You’ve elevated garlic chives to royalty with your stunning pics. I’m thinking I should plant some in my gardens.Beautiful!

    ... on September 7th, 2011
  18. Marie says:

    Wow! I can’t believe I’ve always relegated my garlic chives to a corner of the herb garden and considered them a poor relation, at best. Yours are almost to lovely to eat. Almost.

    Do they help deter grazers, like maybe groundhogs (fingers crossed).

    ... on September 7th, 2011
  19. GirlSprout says:

    The white chives looks stellar in your garden. I fell in love with them this year in my friend, Susan’s garden. Lovely post.

    ... on September 8th, 2011
  20. Catriona Ni Draoi says:

    O how pretty and profuse. An understated beauty. Your photos really are romantic and do justice to the forms….thanks!

    ... on September 9th, 2011
  21. Erin says:

    I’ve started a garlic chive from seed this year. It’s still quite small and in the greenhouse. Should I move the pot outside for winter? I’m in zone 9a and worry that sometimes plants need to cold winter and I kill them with kindness.

    ... on October 17th, 2011