Garlic Chives Honey?

One of my honeybees discover blooming garlic chives late summer at Bluebird Gardens.

One of my honeybees discover blooming garlic chives late summer at Bluebird Gardens.

Garlic Chives Honey?

I am not so sure now this was such a good idea.

Earlier this spring, I dug up a lot of plants from a former neighbor's house, many of the plants unidentified. To make sure I could find them again, I planted some small plants along my flower garden border, in between Liriope "monkey grass."

Turns out the little green stems are garlic chives, Allium tuberosum, also called Asian chives, Chinese chives and Oriental garlic. This plant is native to the Himalayans and the Chinese province of Shanxi. It is cultivated and naturalized in many locations around the world and especially now in my garden.

I planted garlic chives between monkey grass so I could find them again when blooming.

I planted garlic chives between monkey grass so I could find them again when blooming.

I love anything that has a flower and is easy care. Garlic cloves have quickly settled in around my garden, adding beautiful white swaths to my garden at a time when little is in bloom. And so far they seem to bloom through record hot temperatures and drought.

The lovely garlic chives were in full bloom August 2016 next to my bees favorite bird bath.

The lovely garlic chives were in full bloom August 2016 next to my bees favorite bird bath.

Late summer is also the time beekeepers start to monitor blooming goldenrod. It's not as easy as it sounds, Missouri has 22 different kinds of goldenrod that bloom from June-October.

The discussion about goldenrod, however, centers around harvesting honey before bees add goldenrod pollen to their winter stores. Goldenrod adds a bitter taste to honey, at least to human palates.

As I was listening to a discussion about when to harvest and when goldenrod blooms, my thoughts went to all of the garlic chives now blooming in my garden. I wonder what the delicate onion-like flavor will do to the honey my bees are making.

One of my honeybees checking out garlic chives blooms at Bluebird Gardens apiary.

One of my honeybees checking out garlic chives blooms at Bluebird Gardens apiary.

Who knows, we may be starting a new honey trend - garlic clove honey!

Charlotte