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Don’t you just love the delicate beauty of the Bleeding Heart? This one is in its second year and simply thriving.

When I was a little girl, my grandmother had a Bleeding Heart in her shade garden at the front of her house. I was captivated by the curious little “hearts” that covered the delicate plant and knew that when I was grown up and had a garden of my own, a Bleeding Heart would most certainly grace it.

Here I am, many years later, and I finally have a Bleeding Heart that far surpasses the one in my grandmother’s garden.

So what’s the secret to a beautiful Bleeding Heart? Truth be told, I really don’t know how this one even survived, let alone thrives. We recently built an addition to our home and in the process we replaced the belly band and had the entire house repainted. The poor Bleeding Heart (and everything else in that particular flower bed) was abused in the process. A trench was dug next to it, dirt mounded on top of it and then scraped off again, and it was trompled unmercifully for several months. I was certain it was dead.

But, with the coming of spring it emerged and quickly grew into the thriving beauty shown in this picture. It has bloomed twice already this summer and is now in its third round of blooms. This picture was taken about a month ago and this Bleeding Heart has grown so much in that month that the mushrooms next to it are barely visible.

I am so impressed with this plant’s stamina and beauty that I recently planted another one in the corner shade garden, with hopes that it will do just as well at gracing the corner of the yard with its delicate bleeding hearts.

Happy gardening!


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