I'm watching the buds on my bulgaricum with great anticipation. They are a favorite, and so pretty against the fluffy fennel.
Like a beacon in the fog - what a great combo. I saw one of those Alliums randomly growing in a small bed outside my favorite hardware store today. I was so tempted to take it with me when I left - it is so cool, and it looked so lonely. (It was the only thing growing there, except for maybe a dandelion or two - a very odd planting...)
Your fennel is amazing. I haven't had much success with it. My Allium bulgaricum does come back faithfully every year, I enjoy them.