Allium karataviense is a bulb with a flower about the size of a baseball. The usual color of the flower is a very pale pink. Allium karataviense 'Ivory Queen' has white flowers. There is also an uncommon form named 'Red Globe'. Allium karataviense blooms in May, earlier than most Allium, which generally bloom in June. The plant is not very tall, maybe 6 to 8 inches. Each bulb produces one flower & just a few blue-green leaves. Allium karataviense spreads slowly by the division of the bulbs & also by seed. It takes some years for the seedlings to flower, but one flower can produce many seedlings. A large group of flowers may arise in dry & sunny locations with good drainage in winter. There is no need for summer water. Allium karataviense grows naturally in the dry mountains of Central Asia. It is sometimes called the Turkestan onion. I think this is one of the more beautiful Allium, both in leaf & in flower. Rainwater is often cupped at the base of the leaf pairs like sparkling jewels.
Cowiche Canyon is located in Yakima WA. It is quite a stunning & an easy walk. Even though the surrounding area is heavily developed in housing & orchards, it looks perfectly natural. The canyon encloses the view to conceal everything but the native plants, the landscape & the wide, level path with 9 sturdy bridges over Cowiche Creek. (In case you wonder, Cowiche is pronounced: cow-itchy.) This trail was once a railroad bed. It runs slightly more than 3 miles long & connects to 4 other trails. The Cowiche Canyon Conservancy is the owner & caretaker of the trail. It's mission is to preserve & restore shrub-steppe & riparian terrain within the Cowiche Creek & Naches River watershed areas in the Yakima Valley. It own 2,000 acres & has a conservation easement on another 3,000 acres of land.
This blog was started in 2008 as Metropolitan Gardens to provide information about gardening in Seattle & the Pacific Northwest. It was later expanded to include information about parks, community gardens & public gardens in the US, Canada, Europe & South Africa. These can be found by clicking on Parks P-Patches Public Gardens. Natural areas in the US & South Africa can be found by clicking on Nature. The primary focus has always been on Seattle. However, many posts are based on photos taken while traveling. Please feel free to use the basic gardening information & plant lists found by clicking on Gardening in Cascadia. There are also posts on Urban Landscape, which is primarily architecture. Comments are welcome. Posts are scheduled on the 1st Friday of each month October-March & twice a month April-September. Seattle Urban Landscape offers garden design & consultation at very reasonable rates in Seattle, & garden design by email in other areas. Contact Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org
The city of Seattle rests between 2 bodies of water: Puget Sound & Lake Washington. Puget Sound is a substantial part of the Salish Sea & a very small part of the Pacific Ocean. The Salish Sea is set apart from the Pacific by the Olympic Peninsula in the state of Washington & Vancouver Island in the province of British Columbia. The dense, wet clouds of the Pacific Ocean travel as far as the Cascade Mountains, near the Salish Sea & not very far from the ocean. East of the Cascades lies the desert of the Columbia Basin. The moist, temperate climate of Seattle extends south to northern California & north to southeastern Alaska. The Pacific Northwest Coast from San Francisco Bay to Cook Inlet shares a flora dominated by evergreen coniferous forest. The central portion, west of the Cascade Mountains, is called Cascadia. The climate is cool & wet from fall to spring, warm & dry in summer. The Olympic Mountains block Seattle from much of the Pacific rainfall. Seattle is drier than the Atlantic coast of North America & northern Europe, cooler in summer & warmer in winter. It lies near the latitude of Paris & Quebec City.