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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Beautiful and Practical



My friend Jeannie pulled out a handful of  chives last year and gave them to me. They spread, so she assured me that she had more than enough. I planted them in a lovey pink basin I found for sale for $1.50 and they have been thriving ever since. I dug a hole in my front yard and planted the sink there then filled it with fresh soil, strawberries and chives. Through the summer and late into the fall last year I was able to take scissors outside anytime I wanted to add chives to something I was cooking. As soon as winter was over they were right back standing strong.  I find the fresh addition of my own chives to my recipes convenient, tasty and rewarding. 

Chives are very nutritional.

While being very low in cholesterol and sodium (the chart at nutrition data said 0) they are a good source of the following nutrients: 
  • Vitamins A, B6, C, and K
  • Calcium
  • Copper
  • Folate
  • Iron
  • Manganese
  • Magnesium
  • Niacin
  • Pantothenic Acid
  • Phosphorous
  • Zinc
Belonging to the onion family they are also important to our immune systems, packing  healthy compounds of sulfur, flavonoids and fiber. All that and they are still pretty!

A garden should be functional and beautiful.

A garden can be filled with things that are delightful to the eye and to the stomach, things which are beautiful and practical like a sundial. Sundials have been assisting us with telling time almost as long as we have been on earth, which by the way started in a garden. What could be more appropriate? I am thinking about getting a sun dial for my garden. What do you think?

Thanks so much for visiting me today. This post is linked to Macro Monday and Today's flowers. Take care and God bless!

9 comments:

Kala May 30, 2011 at 12:15 AM  

Such a pretty colored blossom.

Happy Macro Monday!

Icy BC May 30, 2011 at 6:32 AM  

I have the same potted chive, and we have been eating them! Don't they have such gorgeous flowers?

gardenwalkgardentalk.com May 30, 2011 at 7:35 AM  

I too have chives and they are just starting to bloom. They are a fun flower to photograph. nice job.

Karen May 30, 2011 at 9:12 AM  

Great macros! I'm nt fond of chives, but they have a pretty flower.

CA Johnson May 30, 2011 at 5:05 PM  

I had no idea that chives had so many nutrients. That is good to know. I don't eat chives, but my father does. Maybe I will start eating them too.

Rajesh May 30, 2011 at 9:54 PM  

Very beautiful flower.

eden May 30, 2011 at 11:30 PM  

Beautiful. My first time to see chive's flower. Thank you for sharing.

forgetmenot May 31, 2011 at 11:51 AM  

Chives are beautiful when they bloom. Nice work. Mickie :)

SquirrelQueen June 2, 2011 at 10:41 PM  

They do have a beautiful bloom. I knew chives were good for you but I had no idea they had so many nutrients. Thanks for the info Judy.

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