Friday, April 24, 2009

"Bleeding Hearts"

For generations Bleeding Hearts have been popular in cottage gardens and shady sites, and it is easy to understand why. This is the fifth year for our Bleeding Hearts, and this is the best year yet. These flowers are among the most delightful of all woodland plants, and favorites of many generations of gardeners. They are also called Lady inthe Bath by the English gardeners. These curiously shaped flowers decorate gently arched stems with heart shaped(or lady-shaped, if the flower is turned upside down) deep pink or white blossoms.

Bleeding Hearts are excellent utilized as cut flowers. Arranged with peonies, pansies or roses, they soften the overall lines of your bouquets with graceful flowers. Very pretty as you can see in the tiny crystal vase above. I arranged this bouquet for my dear highschool friend. We are going to their home for dinner this evening. I remember how much she enjoys flowers. It will be a joy to visit with her and her husband, catching up on each others lives.

My mother told me that every time she sees these beautiful flowers, she is reminded of all of the bouquets she would pick and take to my grandma. We miss grandma this year but, we are sure the flowers in Heaven are even prettier than these. If you are looking for something new for your garden, you might want to try planting Bleeding Hearts. They do prefer shade, and can tolerate cool weather.


Happy @ Home said...

I just love bleeding hearts and your pictures are so pretty. You are such a thoughtful person and the vase of flowers you made for your friend is gorgeous.

Hope you have a wonderful evening catching up.

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Oh yes...I too just love "Bleeding Hearts'....they are so dainty. Anyone would love to receive such a beautiful bouquet!

Stray Cozy, Carrie

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

I love this post...since I can so identify with it. My bleeding hearts are not quite in bloom...but they remind me of my mom-in-law who gave me my original plant. I always brought her bouquets in her final years...and now she is enjoying them in heaven! Beautiful flowers.

Lovella said...

Oh goodness, my bleeding hearts are bleeding now too .. and I also have very often used them in cut flowers .. they work so well for that. .maybe I'll have to make a little arrangment with mine too .. for show and tell.
I love your white ones. . I'll have to plant some for next year.

Anonymous said...

These flowers are so beautiful. I just love them. Flowers always make such a wonderful gift. Your friend is blessed.

LisaShaw said...

I miss my Grandma too.

Beautiful photos.

Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

Awh...another one of my favorites!! I LOVE the "Bleeding hearts". They are one of my mom's favorites she had them growning in her yard as a child!!

What BEAUTIFUL photos!!


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