Gardening

Chives: Allium schoenoprasum

When you buy a house there are those unexpected discoveries.  A plug-less dryer, wired directly into the fuse box with an old copper penny keeping the circuit open and the electricity flowing without blowing the fuse.  Very dangerous!  Or green shoots sprouting in the garden bed just outside the backdoor when the last of the 1983-84 winter ice and snow finally melted.

Over our nearly 40 years of residence, this same perennial has migrated to four different garden spots as our backyard living space evolved.  Each summer it provides a gentle crown of pearly purple, star shaped flowers and tasty herbs.  The milder oniony zest offers lots of flavor without the tears of chopped onions.

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