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Only mid April and my Allium are starting to open already. I love the way that layer after layer of these tiny flowers open to form one complete sphere. Last year I planted A. Gladiator, a whopping variety reaching 4ft tall, but they also came with a whopping amount of foliage which smothered other perennials in the border, just as they were starting to grow. Don’t often dig out plants that I’ve recently added to the garden, but space being an issue in my smallish borders, I waited until they’d finished flowering and then ejected them from the border. I’ve now replaced them with A. ‘Purple sensation and the world is right again! Helen on her Patient Gardener blog and Fergus Garrett on his Great Dixter study days both talk about the importance of understanding how the size of Tulip leaves can influence which varieties you choose to plant where in your garden, and this is a lesson I’ve now learnt with these Allium bulbs too. Never a dull day in the garden!

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