Happy Valentine’s Day
When it comes to the symbolism of the heart, I defer to my dear friend Felder Rushing, author of Garden Hearts (St. Lynn’s Press): “In my garden wanderings,” he writes, “I have discovered many plants with naturally heart-shaped leaves and flowers. I have also found heart shapes painted on walls, cut into fences, fashioned into gates, made out of bet metal, and pottery bits impressed in concrete. There’s even a cool blue stained glass heart overlooking the grave of Elvis.” We’ll satisfy ourselves this Valentine’s Day with the russet-tinged leaves of barrenwort (Epimedium sp.).