Last year my Allium 'Schubertii' blooms were the talk of the neighborhood and I was glad that people appreciated them as much as I did. I decided that I would add more Alliums since everyone enjoyed their shape and color, this year I added 'Purple Sensation' to the garden and while the flowers are smaller (than 'Schubertii') and right now only being appreciated by me and a couple of bees I'm pretty pleased with them.
If I'm not mistaken I bought these from the Home Depot garden center last fall for $3.96. The package said they could go in full sun, but I'm thinking that full sun combined with Chicago area wind may be causing the tips to brown a little. If I move them or add more of these I'll place them in an area where there is more shade.
The bee count in the garden has been lower this year but the two bees I've spotted in the past two days have been busy at work pollinating the flowers on these Alliums and most of the plants already have swollen seed pods. I'm going to collect the seeds and germinate them even though the seed are suppose to produce plants with lighter colored blooms. I'm not the kind of gardener to look a gift seed pod in the mouth.
And in case you're curious: I took this photo in macro mode in the middle of the day using flash to give me a brighter photo and to capture a little bit of the bee's wings.