A - Abundant A's

 

 To begin, all the flowers shown in the challenge were grown in my garden, but for one of the Os, from my late mother's garden, which actually had been my garden growing up.  So, without, as they say, further ado, let the A to Z Challenge begin!

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Aster, China

China asters are annuals, and this one plant grew from a packet of mixed seeds. I saved the seeds, wintersowed   https://lisasgardenadventureinoregon.blogspot.com/2018/02/winter-sowing-with-mini-greenhouses.html them, and now have dozens of little aster seedlings!

Anemone Blanda

The bulbs are often sold in early spring for a summer bloom.  Most of mine bloom in early spring, no matter when I plant them.  They come in other colors, but the dark purple is my favorite.

Alyssum

Alyssum is an annual that readily self-seeds

Anise Hyssop

It's not anise, not hyssop, but bees love it

Azalea 

Two were left here when I bought the house, but a extra cold winter killed them both a few years later.

 

Allium, onion chives 

Onion chives are also known as just common chives.  They are a very easy to grow herb and ornamental flower.  Self-seeds and spreads by making more bulbs.  Chives need dividing every few years to keep it from taking over.

Allium, garlic chives

Flat leaves rather than the onion chive round hollow ones, and white flowers, not pom-pommy.  Also, they do taste like garlic instead of onions.  Bees love them both.  

Allium, Purple Sensation

A popular ornamental onion.

We know what tomorrow brings, so come back for flowers beginning with B!

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    1. Thank you! I realized I forgot the apple tree blossoms. I don't have the apple tree anymore though.

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  2. What a pretty bouquet of A flowers!

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  3. Your garden is impressive! Can't wait for C - hoping for some pretty cherry blossoms!

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    1. Thanks to your reminder, I added in cherry blossoms. Not very impressive, it was a young tree, but it had pretty flowers and delicious cherries for just one season. Then it died.

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  4. Pretty flowers! I look forward to seeing what you have next.

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  5. I think my favorites are alliums. I've tried several over the years, from the edible to the ornamental.
    Black and White: A for Atlantis

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    1. Oh, I love alliums too! I grew edible Welsh (bunching) onions for the flowers, and now have a little patch in the vegetable garden. I let it flower. Alliums take so long to grow from seed, but I like trying.

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  6. Oh, lovely flowers! I love Allium, onion chives, and it's great to see some pretty flowers as Spring is coming ;)

    Quilting Patchwork & Appliqué

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    1. Yes, chives are so pretty. I am not sure which I like best, the fuzzy purple or the plainer white garlic. Yesterday and today are quite spring here, nearly 80 degrees F!

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  7. We got snow last night (a dusting) but it's gone now (hurray for April sunshine) and I see my alliums (the common chives) coming up. We have a couple other types and they aren't up. We've never grown anemones and yours look so nice - I looked it up and your type would be hardy here. I don't see them that much around town so I wonder if they would do well here.

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    1. They are dormant in the winter, completely gone, so it would seem they should do fine hidden under your snow!

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  8. The most successful plant shown in our garden is the azalea. We don’t have frosts or snow but live on the coast near a sub tropical rainforest. I do recognise alyssum in our garden but not sure about the anemone blanda. I’ll have to look more closely. You have got me searching the garden!

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    1. I was so sorry when the azaleas died, but wasn't surprised. Maybe the previous owners moved them under shelter in the winter and I didn't know it.

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  9. Some stunning flowers there

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  10. That purple anemone is really gorgeous!
    Also, yum, chives...

    The Multicolored Diary

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  11. I must say you have a sensational garden!

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  12. Pretty. I'm assuming flower types are easier with the harder letters, like X?

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