Some lovely TURBAN bulbs still available - purple, white or pink. Although April planting gives the biggest Turbans, these can still go in for an early harvest in November in time to braid for Christmas, or to save for a headstart on your Turban planting next April. Turbans produce the most succulent fresh scapes to pick and eat in springtime.
Other varieties will still do well when planted around Solstice (June 21st) - fine flavoured PURPLE STRIPE GROUP and intriguing ROCAMBOLE 'serpent garlic' for robust cloves, rich flavour and unique triple coil scapes. Just time for a CREOLE crop for the most superb flavour, exquisite red cloves. Smaller bulbs have exceptionally long storage, well into the Australian 'garlic gap'.
June planting has given me great results with MIDDLE EASTERN and ARTICHOKE garlic for big bulbs, big cloves.
My largest ever SILVERSKINS were planted in the first half of July. Fiery flavor, the softnecks can be braided to store exceptionally well into the later half of the year when Australian garlic is unavailable. A few left.
A scape is the stalk or 'flower' stem that some garlic types may produce in spring. While technically not always a flower, the 'topsets' or umbils contain miniature cloves known as bulbils. To maximise bulb size, snap off scapes when they appear to enjoy in the kitchen, or leave on to produce umbils to multiply your crop next season.