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I just love garlic. So (fortunately) does Ms Marta (my wife). We use a lot of it in the kitchen, and this year we are lucky to still have plenty of dry cloves from last year's harvest as well as fresh stalks from holdover Rocambole garlic that Ms Marta's mother gave us last Spring.
I've never heard of this plant (perhaps because I live in France, where the inherited strictures of what is grown in the garden are more heavily dictated by custom than is the case in America), but I am going to try to find it somewhere!
The promise of those gorgeous, delicate flowers and a sweet fragrance as well as the delicious "bite" of garlic has set me on a quest to get this into my garden.
Thanks, Marie, for a wonderfully informative and unexpected article. I always think that the "best" info is that which arrives serendipitously, just when you really need it even without knowing that you needed it!
I have both the regular and the variegated society garlic and love it mainly for the delicate blooms. While working in beds near it, it will exude a "skunky" odor. I enjoy nibbling blades of it and like the taste although DH doesn't like my breath and I thought it was supposed to be less offensive... lol I notice something else will nibble on it too, perhaps a dog or cat?