From store decorations to school parties, nothing says Valentine’s Day like hearts and flowers. And, I must not forget glorious chocolate.
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
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.
Have fun looking for your own hearts. Happy Valentine’s Day.
“Love is a game that two can play and both win.” Eva Gabor