Hearts and Flowers

From store decorations to school parties, nothing says Valentine’s Day like hearts and flowers.  And, I must not forget glorious chocolate.

Felder Rushing is a prolific author with about 44 gardening books published.  This one is a small picture book ideal for an end table or coffee table.  For each heart picture, there is a quote.

He is a creative guy who definitely takes some unique pictures.  The theme is about hearts that can be seen on a walk outside.  There’s no plant information or garden designs, just hearts.

Anthurium plant (Anthurium andraeanum) is among the best-known tropical flowers.  Found in Hawaii and other Pacific islands.

“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.”                   Hans Christian Anderson

Bleeding Hearts (Lamprocapnos spectabilis) is native to Siberia, northern China, Korea, and Japan.  Maybe it can be grown in northern USA, or as a pampered container plant in some environments, but here, it’s a picture book flower.

“People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.”  Iris Murdoch

This little book inspired me to look in my own environment for hearts.  Wrought iron furniture has lots of hearts, if you use your imagination.

Sweetheart Hoya or Valentine Hoya’s (Hoya kerrii) perfect green hearts fit the bill.  It’s a succulent with thick leaves and will bloom in the right conditions.  They need filtered light, water when soil is dry, and 65 – 80 degrees.  But mine lives outside in the shade during the hot summer and is brought in during the winter.

Heart on a wrought iron bench.An old picture shows a stone heart in our creek.

Have fun looking for your own hearts.  Happy Valentine’s Day.

“Love is a game that two can play and both win.”  Eva Gabor

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