Allium are my current favorite flowers. Allium are part of the onion family. They bloom in near-perfect spheres, especially the giant ornamental varieties. And what designer doesn’t like geometric perfection? It’s the kind of flower I imagine Buckminster Fuller would decorate his domes with. Pictured above is a 5″ allium bought at the florist ($4/stem) next to a chive flower from our garden. They say you shouldn’t let your herbs flower too early in the season because they’ll cycle to their dormant state but I can’t resist. I just let them be and let them flower when they want to. C’est la vie.