My basket£0.00

Jane’s Journal

All postsMaking & CraftGardening & NatureArt & CultureSlow LivingPeople & PlacesFood & DrinkStudio Club

Naturalising alliums.

alliums by airstream

Alliums dominate my garden at this time of year.

I used to grow them commercially - they were an easy crop, reliable, happy in rain, great vase life - and now those same bulbs, globes of saturated colour, have moved themselves into every corner of the garden.

It has made me re-think how they can be used.

alliums by airstream

The orchard here is right at the edge of the garden and you walk through it to get from the drive to the workshop.

It is a beautiful space - where we pitch out tents when we camp in the garden - flat grass that is allowed to grow long for much of the summer, fading out to the boundary where rambling roses climb up the ancient hawthorns that were once a hedge.

The orchard was planted where I used to grow raised beds of flowers - we took away the wooden bed edges and sowed grass seed, before planting out damson and greengage trees.

For the past 5 years ghostly rows of alliums have sprung up - remnants of the old planting - quite happy being mowed down late summer and competing with the grass.

It makes me think that an allium meadow would be possible - it would look fantastic with tall buttercups and dog daisies - wafting in the breeze - all resistant to heavy flattening rains.

alliums by airstream

I have been sketching alliums for the past couple of weeks - trying to capture their essence, their solidity along with their airiness.

I'm sure that some of the hundreds of drawings will make it onto a product at some point - but in the meantime there are pdfs in the Members area which can be downloaded for personal use.

alliums by airstream

You may also enjoy …

Comments: 3 (Add)

You must be signed in to post a comment. If you're already a member, please sign in now. If not, you can create an account here.
Elaine Sherlock

I confess to not being much of a gardener and anything planted has to be easy and low maintenance, I am absolutely loving the feel good purple colour burst from the alliums in the garden right now, with little forget me nots starting to make an appearance, I will tag a pic on your Facebook post xxx


How beautiful, Jane. I love how they are still popping up. Very determined. They would look so pretty as a meadow, I'm sure.


Hi Jane, I loved reading about this beautiful space in nature. It sounds so lovely, makes me want to paint there! Love your drawings as well. Now I'm inspired to plant alliums in my own garden. Thanks! xx