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I’m in Love

November 23rd, 2010

I posted on Sunday about how beautiful the flowering kale is in my front flowerbed after our cold weather. Every year at this time I notice flowering kale all over the place and make a mental note to plant some in the spring, then I completely forget until this time of the year. I must add them to my spring seed buying list so I don’t forget next year. I want to plant this particular variety.

I purchased these beauties at Local Roots in Wooster last Friday, they were only 5/$1. Since I can’t have them blooming in my garden I’m more than happy to have them brightening up my dining room.

I love that they look like roses, only I think they’re much prettier than roses. I believe they’re White Crane flowering kale, I found some seeds over at Territorial Seeds Company, a place I don’t mind doing business with. I’m thinking I would love to grow a few extras so I can incorporate them into my Christmas decorations, both inside and out.

One of the best features of a cut flower like this, is that they last forever in a vase. These should last a few weeks or more, that’s a lot of beauty for only $1!

What’s your favorite fall blooming plant?

11 Comments to “I’m in Love”
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  2. Corrie on November 23, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Toad Lily–tiny blooms, but so pretty!

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  3. LB on November 23, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Those are just amazing. I didn’t realize that there are varieties of kale which make gorgeous flowers (I guess I’ve never allowed my kale to bloom). Where do you buy your seeds?

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  4. annie on November 23, 2010 at 11:15 am

    LB – those aren’t actually flowers, those are the heads of kale leaves themselves. so cool!

    My fave fall blooming flower is golden rod.

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  5. Susan on November 23, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    My new favorite fall blooming plant is the White Crane flowering kale! What an amazing plant!!!

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  6. KimP on November 23, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    That’s beautiful! I order almost all of my seeds from there – I think that’s going on my next order. :-)

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  7. Helen on November 23, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Those are lovely, might just see if I can locate them here in the UK

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  8. deedee on November 23, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    sooooooooooo pretty!

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  9. Sincerely, Emily on November 24, 2010 at 1:47 am

    Your flowering kale is beautiful! I was amazed at the color in the ones that you posted in photos a few days ago with the deep purple and green that develops after a frost. Is that the same flowering kale as the one in the photos in this post? I looked at your link to Territorial Seed – thanks, it is good to know what to order. I am always looking for something different to put in the garden, especially if I can cut and have it in a vase inside and it will last a while. Thank you. Sincerely, Emily

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    • Susy on November 24, 2010 at 7:38 am

      It’s a different kind of flowering kale. The ones in the photo a few days ago were some I bought at the farmer’s market 3 years ago. They keep multiplying and coming back each year. I keep thinking they’ll go to seed so I can save seeds from them. I’m sure if you google “flowering kale seeds” you’ll find all sorts of varieties. I know Baker Creek sells a ruffly heirloom that’s quite pretty as well, someone nearby grow it.

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