Bolting onions

My curiosity has been piqued by a bolting onion near the pond.

I’m not sure I ever planted an onion set in this place, so I’m baffled as to how it ended up here. Perhaps it ended up by the pond after a bird had moved it or perhaps it got dispersed by the wind at some point. Or perhaps I’m just forgetful, as there are other onions dotted about round the garden, where I placed them because I didn’t have a dedicated space for planting them all together.

Anyway, I’ve been watching with interest over the past months. And now quite clearly there appear to be new onion sets at the top of the stem. I’d expected a flower which produced seeds and therefore wonder if it is in fact a normal onion or one which has hybridised.

The above photo shows walking onions which are now forming their own sets in order to walk across the garden. They don’t seem to have done any walking yet and the original bulb I am curious about didn’t look look like a walking onion before it bolted. However, could the walking onions be a source of hybridisation?

So, if anyone has any answers to my questions, I would be interested to know.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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17 Responses to Bolting onions

  1. Over Soil says:

    No answers, but my minds starting lots of questions.

  2. nanacathy2 says:

    Sounds like a mystery for Sherlock Holmes!

  3. And now I’m fascinated too, Helen. I am always intrigued by the lone plant that the gardener didn’t place in a certain spot. Birds, squirrels, air?

  4. Going Batty in Wales says:

    My first though was a walking onion but your later comments mean I am not sure. I will be interested to hear what happens next.

  5. Liked the punning title – you certainly know your onions.

  6. I can’t help with identification. The closest I have to this is self-seeding garlic chives which have appeared in odd places all round my front garden and have very beautiful flowers

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