Every time I eat garlic, I suffer from bad breath for several days. That's why I try to avoid garlic in my meals. But when I saw the serpent garlic, I could not resist it. I had to grow it in my garden. So, I bought me a few cloves of this garlic (Allium sativum ophioscorodon) from Peter Nijsse (the bulb supplier).
In the autumn I planted the cloves out in a terra cotta pot. Soon, leaves appeared above the ground. In June, the straight stem started to curl. With some imagination it looks like the serpent sign of a doctor. That is why this type of garlic is named as it is. It is a very decorative plant.
A few weeks later, the flower buds burst open. But, as soon as the flowers appears the stem stretches out completely! The flower itself is not very special. It has a somewhat dull white colour.
After the plant died, I dug up the cloves and dried them properly. However, there were a lot of garlic cloves in the ground ......
And so my garlic dilemma arises: In case I would plant all these cloves again, I will have even more of them next year. And what about the year after that, and so on and so forth ..... It will be just incalculable!
Or should I finally start eating the garlic and take the bad breath into the bargain?
Gardening it really is a hobby full of dilemmas!
Serpent garlic, ready to be planted.
With some imagination the plant looks like the serpent sign of a doctor.
Serpent garlic, very decoratieve.
Before flowering. Suddenly the stem stretched out.
The garlic cloves.
Flowers and cloves on the table.
Dried garlic, replanting or eating?
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