Lovely Bleeding Hearts-Simply Elegant

Bleeding Hearts
My Bleeding Hearts are blooming beautifully near my front walkway. I clipped a few stalks and created an arrangement with them for my kitchen that I wanted to share with you.
Bleeding Heart is the common name and Dicentra Spectabilis is the botanical name of this plant and is aptly descriptive. Dicentra, from Greek, meaning “two spurs,” and spectabilis, meaning “worthy of notice,” or “spectacular,” which this plant certainly is.
It’s a perennial, and a member of the Papaveraceae, or poppy family. Some 150 varieties of this flower are found in North America, western Asia, and the Himalayas. There are other names given for this spectacular flower, some examples are: Chinamen’s Breeches, Enfant-Jesus en Berceau (French- Infant Jesus in Cradle), Lady in a Bath, Lady’s Ear-Drops, Lady’s Locket, Lyre Flower, Fleur de Marie (French- Mary’s Flower), Coeur de Marie (French- Mary’s Heart), Our Lady in a Boat, Saint-Esprit (French- Holy Spirit), Staggerweed, Turkey Corn and Turkey Pea. My favorite names are Jesus in Cradle and Mary’s Heart. When I see these flowers I alway think of our Lord and Mother!
Bleeding Hearts

One of the most beautiful flowering plants in the spring is the Bleeding Heart. There is nothing more enchanting than long slender sprays of delicate pink hearts arching gracefully in your garden.
No other plant bears perfect heart-shaped flowers like those of the Bleeding Heart. If you press the flowers between the pages of a heavy book, you’ll have papery-thin little hearts to adorn letters or valentines.
Bleeding Hearts

I decided to use my milk bottles again for this display. They were empty on the counter from when they were filled with my Rose arrangement a few posts ago.
Bleeding Hearts

The billowing sprays of the Bleeding Hearts fill the bottles perfectly with a lovely and elegant display to enjoy for a long time. They just need plenty of water to keep them happy.
Bleeding Hearts

Bleeding Hearts
The flowers also hold clues to a tragic tale of unrequited love. To begin the story, hold a heart blossom in the palm of your hand. Once upon a time, or so the story goes, there lived a very beautiful and very vain princess. Young men from all over the world came to woo her, but she would have nothing to do with any of them.
A young prince from a neighboring country fell deeply in love with her. Like the others, she ignored him despite his attempts to win her heart. At the market one day, he found a pair of pretty pink rabbits, sending them to her in the hope of winning her over. (Break off the two outside petals of the flower, resembling a pair of pink rabbits.) The princess was not impressed. The prince then sent her a pair of beautiful Oriental slippers. (Remove the two long petals from the front and back of the flower. They look like a pair of slippers.) Still she would have nothing to do with him. The young prince was so heart broken by her indifference that he took his dagger and drove it into his heart. (The remains of the flower make the outline of a heart with a line down the center. Break out the stamen, which looks like a dagger, and put it through the center of the heart.)
As soon as the prince was dead, of course the princess realized that she had really loved him. She vowed that as long as she lived, her heart would bleed for her prince.
(Author unknown)
Bleeding Hearts

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18 thoughts on “Lovely Bleeding Hearts-Simply Elegant

    • Hi Pinky! Aren’t they the prettiest of flowers? It does take some years for them to grow nice and full, but they are so well worth it!
      Thank you for your lovely comment!
      Happy a lovely week!
      LuAnn πŸ˜‰

    • Hi Cindy! Thank you for visiting my post. God gives us such lovely gifts of nature that are truly amazing and magnificent! It’s such a miracle during this time of year to see the trees that were total bare only a few weeks ago full of leaves and to see my bleeding hearts pop out of the ground from nothing to these spectacular flowers.
      Blessings to you too!
      LuAnn πŸ˜‰

  1. Bleeding hearts to me are so feminine, they are wonderful displayed in the milk bottles.

    Thanks for sharing on the FF linkup this week, you always bring such wonderful things to share!
    Have a great weekend, Karren
    xoxo

  2. Bleeding hearts are one of my favorite flowers but I have never had any success in growing them. Yours are beautiful and just perfect in your milk bottles. Love the story of the bleeding hearts. Thank you for sharing at Share It One MOre Time. Cathy

  3. I love Bleeding Hearts and yours are gorgeous in the bottles! Mine are just about through, but I sure have enjoyed them! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  4. I always liked bleeding hearts but have never before seen them cut and arranged! Thank you! I plan to go cut some of mine in just a few minutes now.
    I wrote my name as”anonymous” and this is why:
    My youngest son gave me my bleeding heart plant, probably for Mother’s Day, when he was a young boy, probably aged 10 – 12. I had wanted one and was very happy to get it!
    The year he was eighteen, however, my wonderful son gave me a real bleeding heart when he committed suicide. (? No drugs, no warning signs. Days before h.s. graduation and a scholarship to study engineering in the fall. ? We will never know.?)
    The anniversary of his death is during the coming week and , yes, the bleeding heart is blooming. Of course, my heart never ceases to bleed.

    • I’m happy you enjoyed my Bleeding Heart arrangement and post. They are such a pretty and gentle plant. I’m very sorry for your loss. It’s so bitter sweet to receive something that you’ve always wanted, but then are reminded by it that the special someone who gave it to you is no longer with you. My heart breaks for you! I hope and pray for your son and your pain from his passing. May the blooming of your Bleeding Heart (love hearts) be an ever reminder of his love for you!
      Blessings to you and your family at this very hard time of the year!
      LuAnn πŸ˜‰

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