This might be a little weird.
Well, yes, it IS a little unusual, but I found a way to get “free” flowers. From onions.
I was cooking dinner and slicing an onion. You know how they say you can regrow an onion by saving the root end? Well I cut off the root but leaving a little bit extra to help it regrow.
I put the root under a cake cover in the corner of the kitchen counter and went on chopping veggies for our stir fry. Yummy stir fry eaten, I cleaned up the kitchen and settled in for an evening of tv and reading.
You can probably guess what happened to that onion end. Yes, I forgot about it. For quite a while. We almost never have cake and I just keep the cake cover out because my Mom gave it to me and it’s full of memories from my childhood.
When I discovered the onion piece, I was disappointed. No regrowing an onion from this dried out wonder. But it did look something like a flower. Aha! A new use for it!
My seashell wreath was getting a never-seen “beach flower.” I think it looks a bit like a shell itself. I made the wreath some time ago by hot gluing shells to a grapevine wreath. Then I added some dried statice flowers that had come in a bouquet (I love to repurpose things!) and a shell necklace.
A few more onion flowers have joined this first one on the wreath. They are not the most beautiful flowers in the world, but I like them. They add a sort of shabby chic look I think. I leave some of the onion skin attached, but you can remove it if you like.
I’m wondering if I could eventually plant these dried onion root flowers and regrow the onions after all? If so, these flowers are just the start of my future onion garden! Now that’s frugal!
I haven’t tried other types of onions yet, but I think I should to see what different colors they might make.
Next time you are chopping onions, you might want to make a onion flower too!