June 29, 2009

A Big Heart

I'm very fond of the sprays of blue flowers displayed by this Brunnera macrophylla 'Variegata' in the spring, but these big heart-shaped leaves are even more appealing to me than the flowers.

These roses (formerly known as the shrub roses) are starting to bloom and they make me smile every time I look at them. For reasons unknown, they aren't quite up to what they were last year, but still looking good to me.

Some gardeners might not care for pink and yellow blooms so close together, but I rather like how these pink roses look with the blooming Coreopsis grandiflora 'Early Sunrise' and the starting to bloom Coreopsis verticillata 'Moonbeam' (threadleaf). And now you also know our house number! More roses about to bloom behind the house number sign.

The daylilies have started to bloom and as far as I'm concerned, there can't be enough of them in my yard. You can see that every other plant appears to have no flowers. Those bloom later and will be red. I don't know the names of the lilies, just like my nameless roses. You can see the ferns I dug from my mother's yard and planted around the tree. I forgot to pick up those few leaves to the left on the grass. How lazy and careless of me.

I was at a wedding ceremony held in a park last Saturday and there were lots of these ornamental cabbages or kale. Not positive about the difference between the two but think that kale has the ruffled leaves while the cabbage has the broader flat leaves. That being said, I'm still not sure about these, but will say ornamental cabbage because they don't look frilly & ruffled enough to be kale. Both are cold tolerant and the pink, red, purple and white colors become very vivid as the temperatures turn cool and we have some frost.


  1. Your yard looks lovely! I wonder if your daylilies are Happy Returns.

  2. You cracked me up today. You forgot to pick up two leaves on your lawn. You nut. Who even saw those leaves but YOU. Everything looks lovely. I really think those heart shaped leaves are perfect.

  3. Just a quick peek! Everything looks wonderful. Love the heart leaves. I need to look into that more. Sounds like a plant I'd like to have.

  4. Your yard looks really gorgeous. I don't mind pink and yellow together. I might not wear an outfit like that but my garden doesn't seem to mind that combo! :-)

  5. sweet bay - I like the name Happy Returns and that's what I'm going to call them. Thanks.

    Lindalou - You crack me up, too. Now we're even.

    ArtCricket2 - Hard not to like a plant with heart-shaped leaves.

    Jean - I never wear pink. Not sure why though.


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