A bit of a purple post today, due to the rather gorgeous alliums currently flowering away. I have two varieties in the garden - Allium Gladiator above was purchased last autumn and the bulbs were HUGE! I was expecting a suitably enormous flower head, but in fact, they have turned out to be not much larger than Purple Sensation (the other variety I have) although the stems are much thicker and more solid.
Here is Allium Purple Sensation which has been reliable since they were planted about three or four years ago. I have noticed that the flower heads seem a bit smaller than they were - weather conditions, or aging of the bulbs?
Another Gladiator - I bought three bulbs.
Gladiator flower head close up.
A trio of Purple Sensation.
Just for a change, here is an osteospermum which I found at the weekend at a florist's in town. It is only an annual, but I shall enjoy looking at the deep purply/maroon flowers over the summer.