Friday, March 18, 2011


With a little help from IPhoto this false garlic, Nothoscordum bivalve, looks as though it is growing in a bowl. It is actually growing against the rocks in the lower level of the sunken garden.

Most people wouldn't even give the time of day to this plant, but I rather like it. The flowers are as pretty as any of the spring flowering bulbs. It is in fact a member of the lily family. Outside the walls it mingles with wild onion to form a mass planting later in the spring. One of the other names for the plant is crow poison, presumably derived from the fact that the plant is poisonous.

Of a similar color, a California poppy, Eschscholzia californica 'white linen', opened today. I am always very happy to see the reappearance of this poppy, preferring it to the orange one.


  1. That first photo is beautiful. It *does* look like it's growing in a bowl. The plant is rather pretty and delicate. I haven't seen it before. The California poppy is sweet too - I love that color.

  2. Jenny, I'm so glad you posted the false garlic. I have this in my garden but didn't know what it was. I'm not sure where it came from either but I really like its delicate blooms. Thanks for the id! Your photos are lovely!

  3. They are all very sweet...I love the California Poppy color!!!

  4. Like Cat mentioned, thank you for pointing out what this flower is (false garlic). I have it all over my yard and remember finding bulbs in the ground when I was preparing the bed last summer. Unfortunately, I didn't get them all. They are pretty little flowers, but unwanted where they are!