Hablitzia running rampant

Having breakfast this morning, I noticed this Hablitzia (Caucasian Spinach) flowering shoot peeping in the window at me, as if to say “Look what I’m doing”…
This plant has seeded itself from my original plant seen in the background in the second picture and is busily climbing up and smothering a grape (Vitis coignetiae)!

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Allium victorialis diversity

Brynhild Mørkved has over the years collected forms of Allium victorialis from over it’s range – the Alps, Caucasus, Japan and the Kola peninsula in North West Russia. The main reason has been to try and determine where the naturalised populations in the Lofoten Islands originate as this isn’t a native plant in Norway.  I tell the story of the Lofoten victory onions in full in my book Around the World in 80 plants http://www.edimentals.com/blog/?page_id=30

Allium ochotense (a synonym for A. victorialis from the Far East)
Allium victorialis from Kola is by the far the earliest to flower, also in my garden
Demonstrating the diversity of forms of Allium victorialis


Edibles & ornamental plants

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