A Beautiful Flower and a Failed Vegetable

White Onions
beautiful flower

White Onions

Isn’t this flower beautiful?

You may be surprised that a vegetable produced this flower.

This is the flower from a onion plant.

onion plant

You would expect that the onion plant that produced this flower would be equally impressive, like the one in the picture above.

But sadly, the onion that created the flower in the top photo looked more like this when I pulled it out…

White Onions

White Onions

Kind of disappointing, isn’t it?

This was the first time that I tried growing regular onions in the garden.  I have had a lot of success with green onions, but evidently, my white onions need some help.

While there are only about two onions worth eating, I can chop the greens of my ‘reject’ onions and use them in the same way one would use green onions (scallions).  They have a mild, oniony flavor.

Every time that I try some thing new in the garden, I learn something.

I have learned since then that many of my fellow area gardeners, have had similar disappointments when growing bulb onions.

However, there is one variety that many have told me they have had some good results growing.  It is called ‘Texas Sweet’.

So, next fall, I will be growing ‘Texas Sweet’ onions.

White Onions flowers

In the meantime, I will keep my remaining onions in the ground and enjoy their beautiful flowers.

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I haven’t mentioned how my daughter, Rachele, has been doing while in basic training for the Navy.

It has been much harder than she expected.  She has had some injuries to deal with and a cold that has been present much of her time in basic training.

She has been homesick, but as her time in basic training has progressed, we sense her toughness and determination to get through.

On the home front, the first few weeks were very hard because we missed her so much.  But, as time passed, we have adjusted to her absence although we miss her terribly.

What has been so hard is the fact that our main way of communicating with her is by letter. She only gets to send us one letter a week.

Phone calls are sporadic and you never know when they will come.  It has been 3 weeks since we last talked to her on the phone.

I cannot wait for her to graduate from basic training and will be flying out to Chicago soon to see her become a sailor.  We will have one day with her before she flies out to her ‘school’ where she will learn her specialty.

Please keep her in your prayers as she is going through her last tests that she must pass.

Thank you!

Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a author, horticulturist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."
5 replies
  1. Bonnie
    Bonnie says:

    I hope your daughter graduates happy and successful after basic – so determined of her to take on this challenge!

    With our 100 degree temps here now, could you do a write up on watering for vege gardens?

  2. Holly
    Holly says:

    Yup, my white onions look about the same. Pulled them out two days ago and was disappointed. Oh well, I'll try the Texas Sweet next time. Thanks, Holly

  3. Peggi
    Peggi says:

    I plant onion starts is the spring. Some get big and some stay small. In the middle of the summer they sometimes appear to die, but in the fall they come back. I leave them in and eat them in the early winter.

    Last year I put in bunching onion seeds in the spring. They grew very slowly. I used them during the winter for fresh onion. I planted some again this spring to do the same thing.

    We live in Vegas and have hot summers also.

  4. goodtogrow
    goodtogrow says:

    Oh dear, basic training is not when you want to be sick! That poor darling! I'm sure she'll pull through with so many people rooting for her.

    A friend of mine gave me some small white onions last year. He said to let them flower, then let the stems fall over, because that's how they "walk" and create new onions. The onions may be small, but they are very flavorful. Maybe the ones you have are supposed to be small.

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