Have you noticed your garden has been sending you Valentines? Once you start looking for heart shapes, you’ll see them everywhere. In addition to the flapjack plant (Kalanchoe luciae) above, here are a few Valentines from my garden (and others) to yours.
Anthuriums have bright, heart-shaped bracts and green, heart-shaped leaves.
The taro plant (colocasia), from Polynesia, likes ample water. Its edible roots are used to make poi.
Never mind the flowers—I think the leaves of this cyclamen are the prettiest part of the plant.
Not all the pads on this spineless cactus are hearts. Most are ovals or teardrops.
Would you be pleased if someone gave you these? I would!
This puts a different spin on the phrase “purple heart,” doesn’t it?
I’ll bet you’ve grown this common houseplant with an odd common name: pothos.
This is a waxflower (hoya) vine. Were it in bloom, I doubt you’d notice the leaves. Its ball-shaped clusters of flowers appear made of wax.
Ever notice that most ivies have leaves that are more or less heart-shaped?
This is an oxalis leaf.
And now for some heart-shaped garden embellishments…
These pavers make square or round ones seem dull indeed.
Simple yet sweet: Form a metal band into a heart and hang it on a garden wall.
I saw this sign in a garden and took a photo of it because it’s so cheerful. Not that it matters, but there were no cherries for sale nor cherry trees nearby.
And finally, a Valentine of echeverias, aeoniums and sempervivums from me to you (from Succulent Container Gardens).
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