Until this year, "rounds" was only a term in my garlic vocabulary.
After losing my entire garlic stock to aster yellows in 2012 - and growing no garlic in 2013 - I started over last Fall with fresh stock. There were 450 cloves of 14 different varieties, and I was really looking forward to a good harvest.
I held my breath during the Polar Vortex that hovered over Wisconsin last winter; but after the thaw, most of the garlic came up. Then the rain started... and seldom let up for more than a few days. My rural garden - where I plant my garlic - flooded 3 times, and except for one brief dry spell, was waterlogged until the beginning of July. While the garlic was above the flood line, much of it rotted in the mud... and because I couldn't get in to weed, the remainder was smothered by the weeds.
Yesterday I began digging up what survived. Two varieties were totally lost, and will need to be replaced (again). The rest have much smaller bulbs than normal - and about 10-20% of the artichoke bulbs are only rounds.
Apparently I am not the only one having garlic trouble. I had ordered 8 more garlic varieties from a gardener in Iowa, but he contacted me several days ago to tell me that because of losses this year, he would only be able to send 6 of them. Garlic has always been a trouble-free crop, until now... the Midwest garlic has really been hit hard the last few years. Makes it hard to get enough garlic to last through the year, much less build up a larger collection.
Sorry to vent, but the last few years have really been tough on my gardening. I abandoned the lower 1/3 of my rural garden to the weeds this year. :-(