Garden of Hearts
We love heart motifs, and when they hide cleverly in your garden, they can delight you when ever you spot them. Some add hearts to their gardens to do just that,…remind them of a special time or loved one. Take a look at these garden hearts, including some fun projects!
These freshly picked hearts are straight from the garden of love!
Shari Peitzsch “My hubby found me this heart-shaped piece. I framed out my Russian Sage with it last summer!”
Valorie Vied: “I salvaged this from a much loved 50 year old juniper that had to be taken down.”
From Portland, Oregon this week where there is plenty of snow. Patty Hicks shared her wonderful garden fence ~~ her hubby shaped an old barrel band into this heart for Valentine’s Day. Isn’t love grand!?
Andi is making painted stones with loving sentiments to hide around the garden for Valentine’s Day.
Catherine Zurich-Wus says, “We have a wonderful “heart” right out front as you come over the one lane bridge! Can you see it? My husband made it part of the fence as I asked him to cut a heart into the wood. So I drew it with a sharpie and he cut the wood and it came out wonderfully! When I see a bird or butterfly or squirrel perched there it is extra charming and passersby see a bit of “love” too! it is not a working gate– just something we put in to look nice!”
Here’s my heart, a sweet green heart-shaped leaf of the violets under the hose bib. See the purple overtones? Makes me happy!
Shirley Maurin tells us, “Here is my pink bleeding hearts bush. I also have a white one.” Blooms of the bleeding heart plant (Dicentra spectabilis) appear in early spring adorning the garden with attention getting, heart shaped flowers borne on arching stems.
Marie Niemann says, “I made this pretty sun catcher using beautiful cobalt blue crystal prisms, and glass beads. I made it using an old wall mount heart-shaped wire candle holder, see the next photo for the before shot. I simply cut off the candle holder portion with a hacksaw, sanded it smooth, and painted it silver. When I’m out thrifting I’m always on the lookout for things to use in making mobiles, wind chimes and sun catchers.
I used jump rings then pieces of chain between them, or you could just use jumps there too. I used larger ones to attach to the heart for stability. The center piece I strung the heart and beads on a headpin.”
Linda Gladman shared her bright and cheerful heart wreath she and her hubby made. He cut small slices of branches and made the frame and she assembled it and painted them. Nice teamwork Linda!
Joy Hale from Joy’s Gardens shared this, ‘Wine barrel hoop heart. Just add river rocks.’
1) Make a heart from a wine barrel hoop
2) Tuck it into a spot in the garden,…
3) Fill it with stones……..easy!
Natalie McPherson “My sweet husband cut this heart for me from stainless steel. It now hangs in my garden. I’d been asking for a heart, but in my mind, I was thinking of a rusty piece of steel. I guess this is his way of telling me that our love will always be shiny and bright.” We can’t wait to see this in Natalie’s garden.
Sue Jordan says, “The heart was originally a votive candle holder. A small bowl fit perfectly to hold seeds. This little chickadee has been such fun to watch at our heart feeder grabbing fast snacks of black sunflower seeds!”
Earlier this year, this rusty metal picture frame was spray painted a cheery red which brightened up my hummingbird feeder. All summer, it was a treat to watch the birds gravitate to the red framed feeder! Now that the hummingbirds have migrated, I decided it was time for a quick change!
I chose Krylon’s Gloss Banner Red spray paint to brighten and pair up the frame with a heart shaped feeder I have had for several years. My “new” feeding station will definitely brighten chilly winter days for me! I so enjoy seeing little feathered visitors…. and yes squirrels, too!”
Lisa Collier says, “Here in Kentucky, I made some hypertufa pieces a couple years ago and this heart broke when I took it out of the mold. I’ve always liked the way it broke, to me it says LOVE & PEACE!”