The flowering kale is pretty all summer long but I think it reaches its peak of attractiveness in early winter. These two plants are growing in a half barrel at the front of my house. When it has rained, the water drops nestle into the curly leaves of the plant and sparkle like diamonds. They even look like cut diamonds and I love to see them like that.
If the flowering kale can make it through the winter, in the spring it will send up a flower stem, but it does not flower until the second year. Last year when the flowering kale in this planter reached its peak of beauty, a deer came along and ate it. I was disappointed but I know that all creatures need to eat. The long winter would have killed the plant’s beauty any way and this way, a wild creature enjoyed several tasty bites before it went on its way.