I have this amazing Bleeding Heart plant on the north side of my house.
It was given to me by a friend 2 years ago and is thriving to "beat the band".
I waited a couple of days before planting it and by the time
I got it in the ground it was looking pretty sick.
I really didn't think it would make it, but it proved me wrong!
I love that it's called "Bleeding Heart"
as it resembles a heart that, perhaps.... is dripping?
It happens to be shaded by a corner of our deck,
I think that's why it does so well where I planted it, right on the east edge of my "Shade garden"
which also houses my Crocus', Lillies of the Valley, Jack and the Pulpits and Hosta's.
The heart-shaped blossoms intrigue me, and the name of the plant made me want to know more,
so I searched the internet to see what I might find out about this unique flowering plant.
Here's what I learned.....
Folklore and the Bleeding Heart Flower
Long ago there lived a noble prince who tried in vain to win the heart of a very beautiful princess.
The prince had brought the princess wonderful gifts from his travels far and wide,
yet she had taken no notice of him. One day the prince returned from a long journey
with very special gifts to surely win the love of the princess....
(sorry for the poor quality photo, which really doesn't look like bunnies)
First he presented her with two magical pink bunnies.
The Princess only sighed and barely looked at the little bunnies.
The hopeful prince had one more gift saved for last....
...he presented a pair (oops I only photographed one) of beautiful enchanted earrings.
Again, the princess hardly noticed the prince's gift.
Now the poor prince was utterly heartbroken.
He could try no more to win the heart of the princess...
He rose up, pulled a dagger from his sheath and stabbed himself in the heart.
The princess was overcome by the dedication of the dying prince and his unending love for her.
She realized too late that she loved him also. "Alas", she cried out.
"I have done wrong, my own heart is broken also.
I shall bleed for my prince forever more!"
Her heart bleeds to this very day