Finding Hearts in the Garden

Valentine’s Day is almost here and with its arrival a plethora of hearts-everywhere! Who doesn’t LOVE hearts? They are the metaphor for love and emotion. Have you looked around your garden and found any hearts? When you see the many hearts that we found in our garden we hope you’ll be inspired to do the same. We are a heart-loving garden.

We have Leaf Hearts

Hearts in the garden floating hearts morning glory heart shaped leaves Naturalized garden Crabtree Gardens1

Heart shaped leaves of  ‘Grandpa Ott’s’ morning glory (Ipomoea purpurea) seem to float in the air as they climb up through purple sage (Salvia officinalis ‘Purpurea’) and rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) in the Cottage herb garden.

Hearts in the garden Pumpkin Leaf heart shaped leaves lace heart Naturalized garden Crabtree Gardens

Heart shaped pumpkin (Cucurbita spp.) leaves with white veining make an attractive ground cover.

and Flower Hearts,

Hearts in the garden floating hearts pink bleeding heart Naturalized garden Crabtree Gardens

Flowers of the pink bleeding heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis) dangle from a stem. They get their name from the “drop” at the tip of the heart which is said to resemble a droplet of blood.  This photo also shows the droplets of moisture that can be seen inside the flower.

Hearts in the garden White bleeding heart shaped leaves lace heart Naturalized garden Crabtree Gardens

White heart-shaped flowers dangle like earrings from the stems of this white bleeding heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis) in spring.

there are even some Nature-made Hearts here.

Hearts in the garden Cranberry leaf viburnum and snow create natural heart shape Naturalized garden Crabtree Gardens

Nature created this striking heart-like shape with a cap of snow topping the fruit, or “drupes” as they are known, of this native American cranberrybush viburnum (Viburnum trilobum).  The fruits are edible, sour and rich in vitamin C, they can be eaten raw or cooked into a sauce.

We have Cut-Out Hearts 

Hearts in the garden floating hearts Leaf lace heart Naturalized garden Crabtree Gardens

Leaves from the sassafrass (Sassafras albidum) tree create a lace-like effect when viewed through this heart-shaped cut-out on our covered bridge.

Hearts in the garde cut out hearts wooden hearts in the garden Covered bridge heart Naturalized garden Crabtree Gardens

The cut-out heart near the roof peak and arm-loads of flowering dill add a touch of “country” to the this Cottage side of the covered bridge at Crabtree Gardens.

and Edible Hearts,

Palmier hearts bad hatters tea club Naturalized garden Crabtree Gardens

Palmier hearts were served at the Bad Hatters Tea Club Queen of Hearts Tea. Easy to make from puff pastry and your choice of fillings.

Palm hearts radish hearts romaine heart and shrimp heart shape bad hatters tea club Naturalized garden Crabtree Gardens

Hearts salad: Romaine hearts, palm hearts, radish hearts and shrimp arranged in a heart shape create a pretty salad for the Queen of Hearts Tea held by the Bad Hatters Tea Club hosted at the Cottage at Crabtree Gardens Guest House.

Decorative Hearts- a few.

Heart centerpiece Valentines day bad hatters tea club Naturalized garden Crabtree Gardens

Dollar Store finds created inexpensive ($5) centerpieces for the Queen of Hearts Tea which was held at the Bad Hatters Tea Club in honor of Valentine’s Day several years ago.

 

We’ve crafted Leather Hearts,

Womens Retreats leather heart the Kristy bag by CG Naturalized garden Crabtree Gardens

A handmade leather heart was given out to the attendees at our “Just for Me Women’s Retreat“. Along with each heart came a little reminder to appreciate the not so perfect things, to slow down a bit, take time to appreciate nature and to try to stay centered. Good advice for all of us 😉

Handbag Hearts Trend Setting Handbags

Leather heart wall pocket by The Kristy Bag by CG

and made Pine Cone Hearts,

Gratitude Gift Shop at Crabtree Gardens Pine cone heart wreath Hearts in the garden

drew Chalkboard Hearts,

Health Coach Melissa DeMent Womens Retreats Naturalized garden Crabtree Gardens

The Welcome blackboard at the Carriage House offers a loving chalk heart to our visiting Health Coach.

and saw many Henna Hearts applied here .

Henna Tattoo Heart Henna Kristy Lash Henna Artist Naturalized garden Crabtree Gardens

Henna artist Kristy Lash creates original henna tattoos on clients. Her business Henna or No? was named after a colloquialism used in parts of Northeastern, PA for asking the question “Is that so or not?” Her henna tattoos are a safe way to try out some body art that lasts temporarily. Henna is a natural plant substance.

There was even a Heart Meditation CD!

Women's Day Retreats The Lil Yoga Barn at Crabtree Gardens Balance in your life Heart Meditation CD Angela Preat

Front cover photo on the Heart Meditation CD is of Angela and baby Lucas resting upon her heart . The meditation was created by her for the Just for “ME” Day Retreat attendees.

Women's Day Retreats Heart Meditation The Lil Yoga Barn at Crabtree Gardens Balance in your life Heart Meditation CD Angela Preat1

Each Heart Meditation CD was signed by Angela and given a heart.

But the best hearts by far are the Hearts That Beat 🙂

Hands to heart center The Lil yoga Barn at Crabtree Gardens Hearts in the garden

Nature loving yoga students practice “bringing hands to heart center”. This sacred hand position is called Anjali mudra (AHN-jah-lee MOO-dra) in Sanskrit.

The bride, her groom and their officiant during the ceremony at the Wedding Pergola at Crabtree Gardens.

The bride, her groom and their officiant during the ceremony at the Wedding Pergola at Crabtree Gardens.

 

Happy Human Hearts in the garden Covered bridge heart Naturalized garden Crabtree Gardens

This fun-loving group of cousins visited here for our family reunion several years ago. They are striking the “Happy Hands” position.

 

There are so many more photos of the happy human hearts that give our gardens life. We will save them up for a future “hearty” post. Happy Valentine’s Day! We extend our Heartfelt gratitude to our friends, families and visitors. Now, what hearts can you find in your garden?

“The heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you plant there?”  ~ Buddha

Jen Klinetop Photography Hearts in the Garden Crabtree Gardens

Special thanks to Jen Klinetop Photography for capturing this heart in our garden.

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About crabtreegardens

I am a passionate decorator and the head gardener at Crabtree Gardens, LLC, which is a five acre naturalized garden located in Drums, PA. I advocate chemical-free, low maintenance gardening methods and working along with nature. I'm a freelance garden writer and member of GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators.
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