From my despair, I'd like to tell you that I at least learned something of the best variety of allium to plant in this region. Last summer, I appreciated the display put on by the few allium in my garden, and by those in other area gardens, and I resolved to add more to my garden. So last fall, I ordered and planted a number of new cultivars, including 'Ambassador', 'Pinball Wizard', 'Globemaster', and 'Gladiator'. Of those, 'Globemaster', the trio pictured at the right, all kept their heads and necks intact, blooming well, but those were the only alliums to bloom well in my garden this year. Is 'Globemaster' tougher than the others? I'd love to say "yes," but my scientific training tells me that my data is inconclusive. Not enough bulbs scattered around to form a valid opinion. These were just as exposed as the others, but perhaps they just got lucky.
Is there any conclusion, any small thought or idea, that I can learn from this hail-ish experience? Because I'd like to not repeat the same mistake of spending wads of money, nursing dreams of beautiful allium through fall, winter and spring, feeling hope rise with the stems, taller and taller, only to be dashed alongside the broken leaves in an instant. Maybe, perhaps, just one.
Don't garden in Kansas.