Jul 12, 2011

~ onion flowers

I recently picked up these fresh flowers while grocery shopping at Whole Foods. I often pick up unusual flowers and have even used charming greens from the produce area on my kitchen counter! I had never seen these before and was so excited to get them home and in a vase...
Aren't they precious?




Well, when I was cutting the stems to put them in the vase, I noticed an onion smell... but that's not all. My eyes began to water! These flowers were in the flower department, not the produce department... I didn't really care if they were onions, they were so pretty, but I was curious. I hadn't noticed the smell until I cut the stems... Would the smell be noticeable for long?
I looked on the tag to see if they were in fact onions... flowering onions?
The tag read: FLOWERING ALLIUM GLADIATOR 

I thought that sounded familiar and promptly googled images for flowering allium gladiator. Hundreds of images popped up...




Oh yes, now I remembered the name... I love these things! So charming... but not at all what I had on my counter, and I bet they don't smell like onions! I continued searching images. Next, I found these...

In the first image, the flowers seemed somewhat similar, but my onion flowers weren't globe shaped. In the second image, I thought it looked like the little bulb shapes might open up to look like my onion flowers, similar lavender color... I checked the name.... allium garlic. GARLIC! Oh dear. 
It wasn't long before my husband noticed the smell. Then my kids noticed the smell. Needless to say, the flowering allium gladiators (aka onion flowers) didn't last long on my kitchen counter.
I'm not sure if there was a mix up at Whole Foods, or what the deal was. The flowers I brought home clearly weren't flowering allium gladiators as labeled. They were quite charming, but the onion smell (or maybe it was garlic) was just too much, even in the kitchen!
Next time I choose an unusual or unfamiliar flower, there will be a sniff test involved before purchasing...
Here's what replaced the onion flowers...
 Matsumoto Aster

They don't smell like onions!!

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10 comments:

A Flair for Vintage Decor said...

How funny! I just pick up pretty flowers too and never really check that much about what they are! Love the color in the replacement bunch! Take care, Caroline

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Your onion flowers are gorgeous!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Asters are a much less smelly choice. Funny story!

Kelly (Seaux Southern) said...

How funny! Whole Foods always has the most beautiful flowers. Nothing like a fresh bouquet of flowers to cheer up a room!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

hi there! i just found your gorgeous blog from allison at the polohouse blog. i love your home! it is so beautifully appointed and your yard is equally gorgeous.

becky

Shelia said...

Onion flowers? Do they smell like onions? :) They are lovely!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Dovecote Decor said...

I broke down and dug up the allium in my herb garden. They smelled just growing quietly. I agree, they are pretty.
Best,
Liz

mwaxter said...

Funny because I too bought flowers from a local market that had a strange smell, my husband couldnt stand it and threw them out! Later foudn out it was a flowering herb flower and the pungent smell was from the herbs! Your arrangmetns look awfully pretty!

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Jan,
I just found your blog through Alison at The Polo House..
Its a pleasure meeting you...
Your blog is absolutely lovely! and I have enjoyed reading many of your posts.
I have become your newest follower. I look forward to visiting you again.
Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

KAT said...

great story...The flowers were very pretty too. but I guess it is important to smell nice too! But it was kinda funny
KAT