Monthly Archives: February 2016

I thought with this being February, in which we find our selves thinking of all kinds of love, as I look through the thousands of Valentines Day cards I always gravitate to the ones with flowers and can’t help but notice how many have roses and forget me not’s and then there was the bleeding hearts and thought, I’d like to talk about a plant whose flower makes me think of Valentines Day and all things dear to me. Now you probably are thinking bleeding heart sounds sad and lonely and why would I even think about bleeding hearts connecting to love, well if you have ever been in love and had your heart broken, you’d understand how strong and fragile love can be. Well it’s also simple, it’s all in the way one sees things and I happen to be someone who see beauty in most things. The beautiful heart shaped flowers are amazing to see and every garden should have at lest one.

Bleeding Heart, genus: Dicentra a perennial with cultivars: D. eximia -fringed deep red/pink. D. spectabilis – 30 in. tall pink/white, D. ‘ Alba’ – beautiful all white. with their heart shaped flowers that look like hearts bleeding with love to share.  All are born gracefully on arching racemes. They grow best in the shady garden and prefer a rich humus soil that drains well, most bloom in early to late spring and make great cut flowers. About 150 species can be found in North America, western Asia and the Himalayas. The name Dicentra is from the two Greek words, dis, meaning ” two” and kentros, meaning ” spurs,”  this refers to the flower shape. the cultivar  D. spectabilis, means ” worthy of notice.”

The common name bleeding heart comes from a Chinese legend that tells of the flowers of this plant that resembles a heart with a drop of blood. Other common names for this plant are, Chinamen’s breeches, lady’s locket and lyre flower.

Here in the Shire Garden we have many bleeding heart plants. The one I most love is a native to North America, Dicentra –  cucullaria, a low growing, up to 8 inches tall with lace fern like foliage and spreads naturally, mine are found everywhere in the Shire Garden and they love Oak Grove the most, there they bloom from the time the last of the snow melts till late June. Then as fast  as the flowers fade the gray/ green foliage disappears to only reappear the following spring with an even greater show.

As we enter into February with its full Snow Moon and longer days of light, lets fill our thoughts with love for ourselves, for the ones we love most and for all of mankind and all living things, That the love we feel now is real and full of life with endless boundaries!


A thought; If one is to wear they’re heart on their sleeve, one might be called a bleeding heart, so I’ve been told.