Chives- pruning?

Chives- pruning?

I planted some chives last year, but this year the plant is really taking off, and is sending up flower buds for the first time. I know with some herbs, like basil, the flowers need to be removed to keep the plant alive, but since the chives are a perennial I'm not sure what to do. If I just let it flower, what happens? The flowers are so pretty, but I want to have chives to eat for the rest of the season, too. I can't seem to find a straight answer online.
home & dorm

home & dorm

Echinacea – bug

Echinacea – bug

Tulips again

Tulips again

Orchids

Orchids

Early Morning Treasures

Early Morning Treasures

Are orchids really plants, or are they like mushrooms or ferns?

Are orchids really plants, or are they like mushrooms or ferns?