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+ THE ALLIUM flowers and bulbs (garlic) collection

A FRENCH AFFAIR, A BRAID OF SMOKED PINK GARLIC...
GARLIC ANYONE???
MAKING ABSOLUTELY SURE!!!
ANOTHER FRENCH AFFAIR?
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
GETTING READY FOR HALLOWEEN?
NO VAMPIRES FOR ME... ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT!
FRENCH GARLIC...
TAKING NO CHANCES THIS HALLOWEEN!
YORKSHIRE GARLIC...
YOUNG GREEN GARLIC...
AIL, AIL, AIL, AIL... PHEW,WHAT A SMELL!!!
BEWARE... THE GARLIC IS LOOSE...
A TISKET, A TASKET, THE GARLIC AND THE BASKET...
DANSEUSES… ALLIUM
ALLIUM FIREWORKS… in celebration.
OF TWO ALLIUM FLOWERS THAT WANTED TO BE LITTLE LAMPSHADES?
ALLIUM BULGARICUM, THE STORY...
THEM BELLS... ALLIUM...

A FRENCH AFFAIR, A BRAID OF SMOKED PINK GARLIC...

Bought this last summer when it was freshly braided, to decorate and fragrance our kitchen. I used it sparsely although it is milder than 'normal' garlic, but it was still just too much for us of course. Now it is drying up, smelling more and more strongly... I just had to take a few photographs before its final exit! My beautiful braid of L'Ail Fumé d'Arleux, the famed pink smoked garlic of northern France. In Arleux, in the cold and humid North/ Pas de Calais, the farmers learned to smoke their own variety of pink garlic sometime around the sixteenth century. It is believed that the discovery was made by accident, as the smoke of kitchen fires improved the flavor and shelf-life of braids of garlic stored indoors. The garlic of Arleux is woven into magnificent braids and cold-smoked for ten days, giving it the added dimension of gentle hardwood smoke. Although the garlic was wrapped in TWO bags, as was the cheese, and in the boot we had a zipped up 'cooling-bag' in which we stored our purchases... From then on, each time we got into our car, we were greeted and treated by the pungent mixture of the combined 'fragrances!!! What a laugh! The cheese was delicious! The garlic... ahem, beautiful? ( the guys in the studio weren't so impressed! LOL) Why not take a few minutes, CLICK on the link and WATCH, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD Thanx for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved.

GARLIC ANYONE???

I tore a bulb off the braid of pink smoked garlic... no, not to eat... to photograph! In the old-fashioned way... For years I 'experimented' in the studio, to get that Flemish painter's light? Well, I was born in Flanders, it must be in my blood? LOL. Bought this last summer when it was freshly braided, to decorate and fragrance our kitchen. I used it sparsely although it is milder than 'normal' garlic, but it was still just too much for us of course. Now it is drying up, smelling more and more strongly... I just had to take a few photographs before its final exit! My beautiful braid of L'Ail Fumé d'Arleux, the famed pink smoked garlic of northern France. In Arleux, in the cold and humid North/ Pas de Calais, the farmers learned to smoke their own variety of pink garlic sometime around the sixteenth century. It is believed that the discovery was made by accident, as the smoke of kitchen fires improved the flavor and shelf-life of braids of garlic stored indoors. The garlic of Arleux is woven into magnificent braids and cold-smoked for ten days, giving it the added dimension of gentle hardwood smoke. Although the garlic was wrapped in TWO bags, as was the local cheese, and in the boot we had a zipped up 'cooling-bag' in which we stored our purchases...thought we were 'safe'? From then on though, each time we got into our car, we were greeted and treated by the pungent mixture of the combined 'fragrances!!! What a laugh! The cheese was delicious! The garlic... ahem, beautiful? ( the guys in the studio weren't so impressed!) Why not take a few minutes, CLICK on the link and WATCH, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD Have a wonderful day and thanx for your comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

MAKING ABSOLUTELY SURE!!!

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! Like I said on the previous image, I know it is maybe a little early, however, I am not taking any chances! I don't want no VAMPIRE biting me in the neck, so here comes the garlic AND the rest of the family, red onion, shallots, surely I'll be safe when the time comes??????? LOL. thanx for your visits and comments, most appreciated, M, (*_*) NO TRICK... A TREAT LARGE and View On Black... I don't want no VAMPIRE biting me in the neck, so here comes the garlic AND the rest of the family, red onion, shallots, surely I'll be safe tonight?????? LOL TEE HEEEEEE thanx for your visits and comments, most appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ANOTHER FRENCH AFFAIR?

During avisit to the Continent, we drove through part of Northern France, we made a stop in St Omer, often the first stop inland for many visitors to France, a quiet, unassuming and attractive little town, 43km southeast of Calais. We wanted to stretch our legs. Walked through the lovely shopping-streets with some beautiful old houses and got to the market square. On the corner, we saw the most attractive fruit and veg shop, everything looking very fresh. I saw plaits of fresh garlic... I chose one, walked inside to pay for it when I saw the cheese-counter, full of spécialitées de la région... How can one resist? LOL Why not take a few minutes, CLICK on the link and WATCH, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD thanx for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved. For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

TO KEEP THE VAMPIRES AT BAY, A FRENCH AFFAIR! During our last visit to the Continent, we also enjoyed France...I saw plaits of fresh garlic... I chose one, walked inside to pay for it when I saw the cheese-counter, full of spécialitées de la région... I bought some of that too... Although the garlic was wrapped in TWO bags, as was the cheese, and in the boot we had a zipped up 'cooling-bag' in which we stored our purchases... From then on, each time we got into our car, we were greeted and treated by the pungent mixture of the combined 'fragrances!!! What a laugh! The cheese was delicious, the garlic... ahem, beautiful? ( the guys in the studio weren't so impressed!) thanx for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, M, (*_*) Please do not use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

GETTING READY FOR HALLOWEEN?

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! Lol, I know it is maybe a little early, however, I am not taking any chances! I don't want no VAMPIRE biting me in the neck, so here comes the garlic, Thanx for your visits and comments, most appreciated, M, (*_*)

NO VAMPIRES FOR ME... ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT!

AIL, AIL, AIL... MORE FRENCH GARLIC! HAPPY HALLOWEEN, I AM MAKING SURE NOT TO BE ATTACKED BY VAMPIRES TONIGHT!!! LOL It had lots of earth on the roots, I tried to vacuum it... but to no avail, so I gave up, and decided to incorporate it, shook it a bit more, this is the result... thanx for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, M, (*_*) Please do not use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

FRENCH GARLIC...

A FRENCH AFFAIR!

During our visit to the Continent, we drove through part of Northern France, we made a stop in St Omer, often the first stop inland for many visitors to France, a quiet, unassuming and attractive little town, 43km southeast of Calais.
We wanted to stretch our legs. Walked through the lovely shopping-streets with some beautiful old houses and got to the market square.
On the corner, we saw the most attractive fruit and veg shop, everything looking very fresh.
I saw plaits of fresh garlic... I chose one, walked inside to pay for it when I saw the cheese-counter, full of spécialitées de la région...
I bought some of that too...
Although the garlic was wrapped in TWO bags, as was the cheese, and in the boot we had a zipped up 'cooling-bag' in which we stored our purchases...
From then on, each time we got into our car, we were greeted and treated by the pungent mixture of the combined 'fragrances!!!
What a laugh!

The cheese was delicious, the garlic... ahem, beautiful? (the guys in the studio weren't so impressed!)

Why not take a few minutes, CLICK on the link and WATCH, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? NEW!!! FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD

Thanx for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, M, (*_*)

For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk

IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

TAKING NO CHANCES THIS HALLOWEEN!

For Halloween, LOL! FRENCH-GARLIC and red onions... TOGETHER, WILL THEY BE STRONG ENOUGH? Some more fun in the studio with lights and food. thanx for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, M, (*_*) Please do not use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

YORKSHIRE GARLIC...

PLEASE READ THIS: MY PHOTOS ARE ONLY FOR SALE DIRECTLY FROM ME! Although it may seem a new concept, garlic was in fact introduced to Britain by the Romans and has been a cook’s staple for millennia. The bulbous vegetable was praised in ancient Sanskrit writings, the Egyptians buried it with their dead and by 1500BC it had spread across the world – it even turned up in the medieval court of Richard II. But by the 19th century, Mrs Beeton was describing it as ‘offensive’ and for most of the 20th century you barely caught a whiff of it in the domestic kitchen. Cheap flights and package holidays changed our perceptions, and Britain soon rediscovered garlic’s 'pungent' charms, using it in everything from curries to casseroles, stir-fries and soups. Coupled with a renewed thirst for traceable, local produce, British-grown garlic is set to become a great household favourite. Why not take a few minutes, CLICK on the link and WATCH, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD I wish you all the very best and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments and faves. Very much appreciated. M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

YOUNG GREEN GARLIC...

to visit new countries is to learn new things...
Green garlic is young garlic which is harvested before the cloves have begun to mature. The resulting vegetable resembles a scallion, with a deep green stalk and a pale white and purple bulb.The flavour of green garlic is still garlicky, but is much more mild with less of a bitter bite. When cooked, the green garlic sweetens, lending a new layer of depth to a dish. Why not take a few minutes, CLICK on the link and WATCH, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? NEW!!! FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD

With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *)
For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk
IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

AIL, AIL, AIL, AIL... PHEW,WHAT A SMELL!!!

Ail is the French for garlic, it is pronounced like 'eye' or simply 'I'... The one on the left seems to think the others SMELL??? LOL Why not take a few minutes, CLICK on the link and WATCH, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD Allium sativum: here the Softneck Garlic. Softneck garlic is the type you'll most likely see in the produce section of your grocery store. Its name comes from the multilayered parchment that covers the entire bulb, continues up the neck of the bulb, and forms a soft, pliable stalk suitable for braiding. Its papery skin, or sheath, is a beautiful creamy white color. I wish you all the very best and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments and faves. Very much appreciated. M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BEWARE... THE GARLIC IS LOOSE...

Normally it comes as a braid/plait? In a net... Even sometimes in a basket! Here, I let them loose! 'puzzled' them into a pleasing comp, then made the image... the 'fragrance' still haunts me, LOL! Allium sativum: here the Softneck Garlic. Softneck garlic is the type you'll most likely see in the produce section of your grocery store. Its name comes from the multilayered parchment that covers the entire bulb, continues up the neck of the bulb, and forms a soft, pliable stalk suitable for braiding. Its papery skin, or sheath, is a beautiful creamy white color. Why not take a few minutes, CLICK on the link and WATCH, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD I wish you all the very best and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments and faves. Very much appreciated. M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A TISKET, A TASKET, THE GARLIC AND THE BASKET...

A wordplay on the old nursery rhyme... I bought this small, misshapen basket filled with the 'special' garlic. There may be upwards to six-hundred types of garlic being grown world-wide. Here (I think) is the Purple Stripe garlic, they are ophios (hard-necks) and are usually vividly striped with purplish vertical stripes decorating the bulb wrappers, hence their name. In between the purple stripes, their bulb wrappers are usually very white and thick. Some sub-varieties are even heavily splotched with purple. Coloration is affected by growing conditions, particularly weather and sometimes they are strongly colored and at other times more white than purple. They tend to be rather rich in flavour, but not overly pungent, though some are milder, and store fairly well. Standard Purple Stripes (Chesnok Red and Persian Star) make the sweetest roasted garlic. Why not take a few minutes, CLICK on the link and WATCH, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? NEW!!! FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD Thanx for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

DANSEUSES… ALLIUM

FLOWERWORKS like Fireworks in the night. Allium comprises monocotyledonous flowering plants and includes the onion, garlic, chives, scallion, shallot, and the leek as well as hundreds of wild species. The generic name Allium is the Latin word for garlic. Some sources may refer to Greek αλεω (Aleoo-> to avoid) by reason of the smell of garlic. LOL Some Allium species, including and Allium giganteum, are used as border plants for their ornamental flowers, and their "architectural" qualities, with rich purple/blue and white flowers. Just do NOT leave them in the vase too long? Well let’s say you will NOT be attacked by vampires? Thank you for your comments and visits, much appreciated, as always!, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ALLIUM FIREWORKS… in celebration.

FIRE-FLOWERWORKS. So, this time I celebrate 9.000.000 views on Flickr. And over 5 million on 550PX, WOW. As a photographer, I feel it is really just my very pleasurable ’job’ to bring brief moments in time, in the most beautiful and best possible way of my ability. All my images are already ‘memories’. Loved ones… gone, except in my portraits and of course, my heart. A kiss/embrace captured forever in that capsule of time that is created by photography. Flowers, dried and fallen, the nutrients that are vital for the next generation. They are here, for you all to enjoy again and again. Like these, tall onions grown for garden display are bulbous perennials from the Allium genus; their attractive flowerheads look excellent in a mix border, especially grouped together. I am still overwhelmed by it all. And, I thank you for your time and comments, ALWAYS! M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. � All rights reserved

OF TWO ALLIUM FLOWERS THAT WANTED TO BE LITTLE LAMPSHADES?

HAVE FUN, OPEN and View On proper Black This is the story. I grew up in the city, always loved flowers, later in life, moved to the country-side and developed a passion for gardening and 'growing' things. Wintertime I spent learning and reading more, couldn't wait for the next Spring. I was 'organic/biological' looooong before it became trendy! I was given a tiny book by someone, "Old wife's tales", it was full of fun advice of how to improve on plants, fruit and veg with little 'house' remedies. For example, if you grow strawberries, alternate them with a row of marigolds, they will taste even better! I also found in the booklet, that if you have roses, and they suffer from greenfly, put some garlic at the root of the rose plant! When we moved house, I transplanted most of my roses (successfully), also, In the kitchen I'd had a plait of braided garlic, it looked quite dry, and although I do use and enjoy garlic in certain dishes, not the fresh stuff, my system cannot handle it very well. So, I thought, right! I won't throw it away, I will put them with the roses. No greenfly, however, when it rains.... the garden does smell of Garlic! Tee hee. You can imagine my astonishment when I saw green coming up, and total surprise when I saw buds, now they developed into flowers!!! I mean, how could there still be life in them after all this time? AAAAHHH, Nature! And to think that 'proper' plants often struggle or just plain die on you, pfffttt. I looked it up, they are Allium bulgaricum (synonym of Nectaroscordium bulgaricum) Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 THIS IS THE LATEST!!! NEW: Soul Flowers 2012 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? About my flower photography: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2007/12/1.html Thanx for your time and comments, ALWAYS! M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ALLIUM BULGARICUM, THE STORY...

HAVE FUN, View On proper Black This is the story. Of flowers that have ambitions to be little lampshades or a whole chandelier? I grew up in the city, always loved flowers, later in life, moved to the country-side and developed a passion for gardening and 'growing' things. Wintertime I spent learning and reading more, couldn't wait for the next Spring. I was 'biological' looooong before it became trendy! I was given a tiny book by someone, "Old wife's tales", it was full of fun advice of how to improve on plants, fruit and veg with little 'house' remedies. For example, if you grow strawberries, alternate them with a row of marigolds, they will taste even better! I also found in the booklet, that if you have roses, and they suffer from greenfly, put some garlic at the root of the rose plant! Last year, we moved house, I transplanted most of my roses (successfully), also, in the kitchen I'd had a plait of braided garlic, it looked quite dry, and although I do use and enjoy garlic in certain dishes, not the fresh stuff, my system cannot handle it very well. So, I thought, right! I won't throw it away, I will put them with the roses. No greenfly, however, when it rains.... the garden does smell of Garlic! Tee hee. You can imagine my astonishment when I saw green coming up, and total surprise when I saw buds, now they developed into flowers!!! AND it is RAINING, lol! I mean, how could there still be life in them after all this time? AAAAHHH, Nature! And to think that 'proper' plants often struggle or just plain die on you, pfffttt. I looked it up, they are Allium bulgaricum (synonym of Nectaroscordium bulgaricum). Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 THIS IS THE LATEST!!! NEW: Soul Flowers 2012 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? About my flower photography: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2007/12/1.html Thanx for your time and comments, ALWAYS! M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THEM BELLS... ALLIUM...

Allium. The flowers of garlic bulbs, different garlic... different flowers! Taken in our garden. Light is so important in this type of photography, I love 45 degrees, and slightly backlit and minimal dof, this here is a variety where the singular flowers are little bells. Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 THIS IS THE LATEST!!! NEW: Soul Flowers 2012 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? FUN GARDEN ANECDOTE Thanx for your time and comments, ALWAYS! M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved