April 12, 2005

Gratuitous Domestic Posting (TM) - Outdoor Division

Dicentra spectabilis - Image courtesy of Greek Flowers.

Lest you think I'm completely one sided in my socio-political outlook, may I just take a moment of your time to sing the praises of Bleeding Heart?

I have a row of these along my front walk - a sheltered, southeastern exposure with light shade. You know Spring has officially arrived when they break the surface. And once they do, it's amazing how fast they come up. Mine have grown two feet in the past week and are already putting out flowers.

Unfortunately, they don't last forever - the hot summers in Northern Virginia cause them to get a bit cranky, so that a second bloom is pretty rare. But while they're in full swing, they're terrific.

Posted by Robert at April 12, 2005 11:06 AM

Your bleeding hearts are two feet tall already? Wow! I guess Long Island is significantly colder that VA as mine are about 3 inches tall right now.

Posted by: babs at April 13, 2005 08:10 AM

We had a spate of unusually warm days last week - temps near 80 - that I think were responsible for the outburst. It's cooled back down now into the 50's and 60's, but not before a bunch of buds started opening.

Posted by: Robert the LB at April 13, 2005 09:34 AM

I tried to post a comment the other day, but it was taking forever (dial-up) to load, so back I came today.

I love the pcitures. The desert has its own blooms, but nothing like the humidity of my Midwestern homeland.

My grandmother grew bleeding hearts. I thought them lovely and sad at the same time.

Posted by: Rae at April 14, 2005 12:57 PM

I know what you mean - it must be the way the flowers hang down. Not your typically perky, uplifted things.

Posted by: Robert the LB at April 14, 2005 01:17 PM
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