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Monday, April 9, 2012

H is for Bleeding Hearts


H is for Hearts.  Bleeding Hearts, that is.  That lovely old-fashioned perinnial plant that blooms late spring to early summer.  It comes in pink or white and is named for it's heart-shaped petals.
It's also known as  Venus's car, Lady in a bath, Dutchman's trousers, or Lyre-flower.
OK.  Some of those sound pretty funny.  Maybe I shouldn't comment further
 and stick to calling them Bleeding Hearts! ha.



I love how they peek through my picket fence.


Lovely!


I've joined the A to Z Challenge for the month of April!
Come back tomorrow to see "I", which will also be a Creative Tuesday entry. :)


61 comments:

  1. I love bleeding hearts - they are one of my favorites! Ours will be blooming soon. Beautiful pics!

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    1. I really need to divide my plant as it's getting quite large. I'd love to have it as a border on my flower bed, so we shall see...maybe this fall I will do that.

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    2. I'm with Mari. I love Bleeding Hearts.
      I remember the first time I saw one. That did it for me! Knew instantly it was my favorite flower.

      Love the Photo Flashback! He really hasn't changed to much.

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    3. they are one of my favorites, too...so unique!

      haha...yeah, the flashback...no problem identifying who that is. he's just a little taller! haha.

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  2. What a gorgeous, delicate flower. I wish I had some in my garden. I may have to do something about that as I have always admired them.

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    1. I think you can buy them as seeds, Janice...you'll have to look and see!

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  3. haha some funny names to go along with this one...and a beautiful capture of one of natures found hearts...they are lovely betsy...hope you and your fam had a great easter...

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    1. hilarious names...some I don't get! ha.

      had a nice easter...hope you did, too!

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  4. A much better choice than Lunatic, that's for sure!

    Bleeding hearts are one of my favorites too. Have you seen the white ones?

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    1. maybe I'll do lunactic for M. (moon) ha.

      My friend has a white one...very pretty!

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  5. Oh, they look so beautiful. I love those flowers. Or really any flowers. Great post and happy A-Z blogging!

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    1. thanks SL ~ hope you're enjoying the challenge as much as I am! :) And April is the perfect month to use a lot of flowers for the letters!

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  6. I love when my bleeding hearts bloom...they are so pretty! Those are some funny names! Hope you had a wonderful Easter, I have enough leftovers for a week!

    XO,
    Jane

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    1. yours should bloom soon! :)

      we're eating leftovers tonight for sure! yay. :)

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  7. Absolutely lovely and beauty flowers, take care, xx

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    1. thanks, gloria..they are pretty, aren't they? Very unusual...I think that's why I like them so much!

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  8. "Venus's car, Lady in a bath, Dutchman's trousers, or Lyre-flower. OK. Some of those sound pretty funny."

    Actually, "bleeding hearts" is a pretty funny name, too...

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    1. yeah, I guess you're right! :)

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    2. Ever hear of the plant called "Love Lies Bleeding?"

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    3. No, I haven't. Is there one, really?

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    4. Yep. (Amaranthus caudatus, IIRC.) I always wondered if that's where Elton John and Bernie Taupin got the song title.

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    5. IIRC? seriously? Come on,..admit that you just did a google search! ha.

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    6. Nope. Swear to God! I remember the Latin name from the packet of seeds I bought almost 40 years ago... and typically, never got around to planting. Probably still have it somewhere, haha!

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    7. you still have them around somewhere...yep...I totally believe that!

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    8. Knew you would, doll. And oh, gosh... I got the Latin spelling correct. Just checked. Oh, my!

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    9. ok...I'll admit I am impressed. :)

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    10. ok...but back to the seed packet. You, at 15, bought a packet of bleeding heart seeds? Was that because of the Elton John song?

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  9. Betsy Really i think bleeding hearts is a sad name to a beauty flower

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    1. it is a little sad, isn't it! Why not just call them String of Hearts? I like that better!

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  10. They are so delicate and to my eye feminine. Not sure why they might be called Dutchman's trousers. :)

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    1. I know...I can see a Dutch hat..but trousers? lol.

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  11. I have this bush,I adore it.Soft and delicate hearts.

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    1. Is yours bloominh yet? If not, very soon! :)

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  12. Hello Betsy,hope Easter was good for you all.My Grandsons have just gone home with my daughter and her husband so a bit of peace to look at blogs! This is such a pretty one,it cheered the wet weather away! lol Angela

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    1. Oh, sounds like you had a fun easter...hope you can rest today and eat leftovers! :)

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  13. I bought a packet labelled "wildflower seeds" once and scattered them in my garden (this was years ago when I had a garden!). Anyway there was one seedling I couldn't identify as they grew and as this unidentified seedling grew into a plant with funny buds, I took a sample and showed it to my friend whom I thought had such green fingers and knew plants! Anyway, he said "yuck, weed, get rid of!!" So I did. It was only later that I saw a similar plant being sold in my local garden centre and it was -you guessed it - a Bleeding Heart!

    Take care
    x

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    1. Oh what a funny story! Oh dear...guess he didn't know what he was missing out on! ha.

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  14. LOL I thought you were going to make fun
    Of all those bleeding hearts that let their mouth run
    But I suppose a dutchman's trousers is funny too
    These names must have been though up on cue
    At least that is my hunch
    As they are quite the name bunch

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    1. what's with the dutchman's trousers?
      maybe a girl's dutch hat, but can't see the pants.
      Actually won't say what I see
      certainly not a car or anyone in the bath
      guess I better just stick to the hearts, so don't ask.
      ha.

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    2. I think I can guess what you see
      So I will leave that be
      As it could be worse
      Making one use bloody wanker or a curse..haha

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    3. maybe you have to look with a hairy eyeball
      to see those things that they call
      or combine them altogether and see what you get
      a car in your bath
      or lyre in your pants.
      Maybe we should just say they're pretty
      and leave it at that.
      ha.

      I'm actually more intrigued with the quicksand in your backyard
      glad you didn't sink down very far.
      lol.

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    4. LOL yeah after the lyre in your pants
      Let's shift our focus to the ants
      And fry them in the sun
      As they try to run
      haha did that too
      I know not a nice thing to do

      The quicksand was covered over eventually with a bunch of crap
      That made it so one would not sink if they took a lap
      At first all I thought it was was mud
      But then down that idea came with a thud
      Stood there and in you went
      Deeper and deeper until you were a shorter gent
      Not sure if it could have sucked us in whole
      But we put down a pole
      And it went straight down into it
      Quite the fun pit..haha

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    5. wow...that is just crazy, too
      what fun you had at your zoo
      quicksand and peacocks, too!


      you know the trick to surviving quicksand?
      you lay on your back instead of standing up straight
      that way you don't sink at such a quick rate!
      Aren't I just full of useful information?
      I know that just fills you will jubulation.
      lol.

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    6. It was more muddy than sand though
      So that would have been nasty to get sucked in below
      The tree branches were overhead
      So they saved us from such dread
      And yep the peacocks were there
      With some cows too at our lair

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  15. I just planted one of these last year! I'm hoping it blooms this year.

    When I was a little girl I picked every heart off of my mom's plant one year. She was NOT pleased. ha

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    1. Did you plant a pink or a white one? I'm sure it will be lovely! They are fairly hearty.

      Oh, that is a cute story. haha. See...now we know where your boys get from...doing things like trimming the tails on their gold fish. haha.

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    2. A pink one!

      Oh yes, I pretty much deserve everything my kids dish out. I was a little stinker. :)

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  16. Strange. I've often been accused of BEING a "bleeding heart," and I DO love these flowers, but I've never had them in my garden. Maybe I should rectify that this year. (Might even be able to train them to ... "hug a tree"... HA!)

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    1. haha...cute. Yes, you should get one! Especially if it's your nickname!

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  17. I love the bleeding heart plant...I tried to grow one in my backyard...
    but it is too sunny there. 8~(
    You will have to post pictures of the haircuts. 8~)
    Take care,
    Nancy

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    1. didn't do the haircuts! Tomorrow maybe. too tired. ha.

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  18. Really nice pictures Betsy. My parents have some similar to these, although theirs aren't pink, they are more of a purple or lilac color, when they bloom again I will make sure I share some of my dad's garden--my mom loves the garden too, but she's more of the organizer of what to plant and to what goes where, my dad does the gardening himself, which he loves to do, so works out I guess- but they always do something different as for whatever reason the weather here in Buffalo makes it interesting to see what comes back or what doesn't- anyhow, talk later.

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    1. Buffalo...oh yeah, I think we are a few weeks ahead of you in the spring time blooms down here in Ohio! I'd love to see photos of your parents garden when it's at it's peak. They sound like the perfect gardening pair. :)

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  19. I don't think I've ever seen these before. They're really beautiful! Great photos!


    My A-Z

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  20. Oh I love bleeding hearts. When we lived in Santa Barbara years ago, I had a huge plant on the side of the house....So beautiful! Your capture is great. Can reach out and touch them.

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    1. Oh, that sounds beautiful! I'm amazed at how big they get!

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  21. Hi Betsy .. these photos are just beautiful .. they have the most beautiful pink colour .. and like you I love the way they peek through your picket fence .. great H post - cheers Hilary

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  22. My Mothe-in-Law has some that are a big bunch of beautiful every year. She gave me some sprouts 2 years ago and they've never done what hers does! I'm hopeful this year they will!

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