Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Bleeding Hearts

Bleeding Hearts 
Lamprocapnos spectabilis or Dicentra spectabilis

"I know a bleeding-heart plant that has thrived
for sixty years if not more, and has never
missed a spring without rising and spreading
itself into a grassy bush, with many small red
hearts dangling. Don't you think that deserves
a little thought? The woman who planted it
has been gone for a long time, and everyone
who saw it in that time has also died or moved
away and so, like so many stories, this one can't
get finished properly. Most things that are
important, have you noticed, lack a certain
neatness. More delicious, anyway is to
remember my grandmother's pleasure when
the dissolve of winter was over and the green
knobs appeared and began to rise, and to cre-
ate their many hearts. One would say she was
a simple woman, made happy by simple
things. I think this was true. And more than
once, in my long life, I have wished to be her."
                             ---Mary Oliver

I will miss these beautiful spring flowers in my garden!


Nancy J said...

So lovely!! When I see the Solomon's Seal little green spikes showing, I know there will be those delicate ,little, almost hidden white flowers hardly showing under the drooping leaves. Having a delight in nature and all the new seasons' surprises shows a loving heart and mind.

Bill said...


Margaret Birding For Pleasure said...

Stunningly beautiful

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...


so purdy almost hurts the eyes

Lady Fi said...

How gorgeous!

Amy said...

Lovely vibrant pink.

janc@mac.com said...

Truly one of my favorites. Symbolically it can't be beat. Your photos are divine.

Ching Rubio said...

Very beautiful. Hope you can visit me too.

I haven't added pictures to my blog yet. But, I love the poem that came along with it.