Tuesday, February 19, 2008

To Drive the Cold Winter Away

The sun woke me up this morning - falling across my bed. The kind of bright morning sun that calls me to my garden. Although my garden beds were just bumps under the snow, I decided to take a walk along my garden paths. And look what I found? These are Egyptian Walking Onions - a kind of perennial green onion. I love them for this very reason - long before any other green thing is edible in my garden we will be enjoying the tangy sweetness of their fresh flavour. I love the little miracle that they are - generating enough heat in this cold to emerge from the frosty ground.








And I love living in the Okanagan where we don't need a holiday like Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario for a break in mid-winter in February. This isn't mid-winter. This is the very end of winter. The snow is inexorably melting. Spring is surely sneaking in.

4 comments:

Heather said...

What an interesting name for an onion. I wonder where the name comes from, does it have a spreading habit, and that is what is meant by walking???

Andrea said...

Hi Heather, here is a good description and even some pics http://www.craftygardener.ca/infowalkingonions.html

As for why they are called that, I don't know. Although I have found in our climate that the old onion stalk doesn't die but puts out new shoots in the spring (that's what is poking out of the snow right now)and in addition, I get the 'walking' part as well (the topset bulbs that plant themselves). I love having the problem of thinning them...

Laura said...

it's true isn't it? spring is coming!! i'm so excited.

bum.by.the.sea said...

yeah! trees are blooming downtown and I can see shoots coming up everywhere...soon there'll be crocuses and daffodils! :D