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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), Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer), Frank Noonan (copy editor) and Cathie Rowand (photographer)