I am crazy about these buttery yellow flowers~ they're a gift from over wintering Ornamental Kale. You get this sweet soft yellow flower display when kale is allowed to bolt!
Bolt~A runaway kale plant. Really it's like that~the kale is bolting to the finish line and on the way producing sweet flowers. I love how well the soft yellow compliments the old fashioned bearded iris~affectionately named "Lilac Tinted Hair" shown in the first photo and massed in the one below~ They are named for the older lady gardeners of my youth; whose silvered hair was a little too blue and lavender. Their gardens had an abundance of grape juice fragrant purple/lilac iris that I loved dearly.
What a treat to discover them growing in the garden when we moved here over 24 years ago. They have multiplied and been shared with everyone I know! They are a major player in the spring gardens. The sword like leaves and those delicate, yet strong statement flowers are a good vertical match with the lower blooming Happy Trinity of native plants~Phlox pilosa, Senecio aureus and the airy lantern blooms of Aquilegia canadensis. There are some non-natives that must be in this garden~Iris is one of them.
Redbar Kale is another one. I've been letting the kale bolt since I noticed them budding on a forgotten plant a few years ago...The buds were beautiful with the promise of yellow in their stripes. Boy, did they deliver a sweet and uncomplicated lovely yellow flower. I fell for them! This is a flower that looks surprisingly good with many other other flowers, not just iris.
Tell me what you think about these combinations~
Kale and Costco Pink tulips~I love the pink flower and purple stems!
Deep purple violas~What a wow factor with the yellow eyes!
Cosmos scarlets and fuchsias~ The yellow is a knock out with deep pinks!
Flowering kale can shine on it's own, too.
The yellow seems to work with almost every color ~~It looks a deeper yellow juxtapositioned against its own burgundy foliage.
I like most kales, but Redbor Kale is my favorite! It's a must for the garden each fall~and is planted in the beds and containers. This Redbar was from my good friend Frances of fairegarden...A gift when Mr I'm Not A Gardener or Blogger and I visited her and The Financier last fall. It brightened up the garden all winter and has bolted in the warmer spring days to almost two foot tall. Imagine it massed with tulips, alliums and of course, with Iris 'Lilac Tinted Hair'. That's my goal next spring....
It's not just a pretty face~it feeds critters, too. This afternoon a hover fly (syrphid fly, Episyrphus balteatus,) was seen nectaring on a flower! It's a good thing I don't grow any cabbages or cabbage family members for human consumption! Cabbage Butterfly are everywhere and I would be harvesting a rich crop of cabbage worms, too!
Please, do put this plant on your list and then, let it bolt next spring.