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Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
Garlic chives has a pretty flower, but can become a pest in your garden.

Garlic chives needs some supervision

Cathie Rowand/ The Journal Gazette
Volunteer watermelon might grow large enough to eat.

I noticed this beautiful flower in bloom in my vegetable garden.

I don't remember planting garlic chives there, but it doesn't surprise me. Often interesting plants just show up in my garden.

A watermelon plant also showed up this year. I moved it to a different location because I did have room for it. I now have a tiny watermelon that might grow to a proper size before the end of the season.

I am enjoying the blooms on the garlic chives. It is a late season flowering herb that has a lite garlic flavor and is used in Asian recipes.

A Washington Post article on garlic chives by Barbara Damrosch stated that garlic chives spreads rampantly in some gardens. I will need to keep an eye on this. Perhaps I should remove the dead flowers before they go to seed.

Journey through gardening season with Rosa Salter Rodriguez (feature writer) rsalter@jg.net, Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer) agregory@jg.net, Frank Noonan (copy editor) fnoonan@jg.net and Cathie Rowand (photographer) crowand@jg.net.

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