Bleeding Heart is another nostalia enducing flower
My mother grew a Bleeding Heart plant and I remember her showing me the flowers and telling me about the "drop of blood" coming out of the bottom of the flowers. They were truely lovely and had the magic of myth about them.
I'm creating a shade garden on the northwest side of the house. The soil is terrible, but I'm digging big holes and using the hole as if it were a clay pot. Bleeding Hearts are perinneals and grow 2 to 3 feet tall and as wide is they are in the right conditions. Here in California I"m going to have to water well and hope the shade garden will provide enough protection from the sun. I think I will put some Hostia on each side of the Bleeding Heart to give it some more protection and also to fill in the empty space if the bleeding heart decides to die back after flowing. I'm excited to have this sweet plant and it's memories growing near the back porch.
At Old Fashioned Bleeding Hearts-Dicentra spectabilis
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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at April 27, 2011 7:41 AM