Garlic Scapes and Flowers at the Market

More and more we’re all looking for unique shapes and textures in the flowers that we bring into our home, for weddings, and almost any kind of event.

An early trip to the Boston Flower Market this morning revealed how more locally available and seasonal vegetables are making their way to the marketplace for us lucky designers to get to use!

Take garlic scapes for example, did anyone even know what a garlic scape was before a few years ago? Now as the early spring and summer vegetables emerge, garlic scapes are in the mix. Not only are they tasty chopped finely and added into a nice omelette or risotto, they are great in floral designs!

Even here, simply placed into holding buckets at the flower market, the scapes look incredible alongside calla lilies. The creamy white-green of the scapes against the saturated light peach color of the callas is simple and gorgeous! And, best of all, garlic scapes don’t really smell like garlic so they would be a great addition to a bridal bouquet or table arrangements, even a boutonnière!

Garlic Scapes and Flowers at the Market

Garlic Scapes and Flowers at the Market

Peach Calla Lilies with Garlic Scapes

Peach Calla Lilies with Garlic Scapes

These are such unique looking plants; pale green stems with thin, elegant tendrils at the top. So sculptural and unique and elegant. Like all plants in the allium family, garlic grows underground. As the garlic bulb grows harder, a little green shoot pokes up through the soil, growing long and thin. This is the scape. Farmers cut the scape from the garlic so the bulb will continue to grow and we are the lucky recipients of this culinary and floral design treasure.

I can’t wait to use these in future designs!

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