A Plant A Day Till Spring – Day 10 – Dutchman’s Breeches

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“Dutchman’s Breeches” – Spring 2013 – Frick Park – Pittsburgh, PA

“A Plant a Day till Spring” will highlight one plant a day, starting on the winter solstice (December 21, 2013)… And ending on the vernal equinox (March 20, 2014)… If all goes to plan I will be starting with old Snowdrop photos from 2013… And ending with new photos of Snowdrops in 2014…

Seven Days of Spring Wildflowers

Another Dicentra… I know… But possibly my favorite… Dicentra cuculluaria is more commonly known by the common name “Dutchman’s Breeches”… A reference to the fact that the flowers look just like a pair of upside down pants… Dutchman’s pants… Or as I like to think of them… “MC Hammer Breeches”… Although I have specimens in my backyard garden… I thought you would appreciate seeing it in the wild… As I prefer them…

Dutchman’s Breeches is a herbaceous perennial native to the woodlands of the east coast… The root is a cluster of small pink to white bulblets… Flowers are white… And are born in spring on small flower stalks…

Dutchman’s breeches is one of many plants whose seeds are spread by ants… A process called myrmecochory… The seeds have a fleshy organ called an elaiosome that attracts ants… The ants take the seeds to their nest where they eat the elaiosomes… They then put the seeds in their nest debris where they are protected until they germinate… They also get the added bonus of growing in a medium made richer by the ant nest debris…

The western populations have sometimes been separated as Dicentra occidentalis on the basis of often somewhat coarser growth, but do not differ from many eastern plants in the Appalachian mountains…

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A Plant A Day Till Spring – Day 9 – Fringed Bleeding-Heart

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“Fringed Bleeding Heart” – Spring 2013 – Whitney Avenue – Wilkinsburg, PA

“A Plant a Day till Spring” will highlight one plant a day, starting on the winter solstice (December 21, 2013)… And ending on the vernal equinox (March 20, 2014)… If all goes to plan I will be starting with old Snowdrop photos from 2013… And ending with new photos of Snowdrops in 2014…

Seven Days of Spring Wildflowers

For the next 7 days I plan to step outside of my garden and share some of the wildflowers I draw inspiration from in the early spring… Although this article is in my garden… Fringed Bleeding Heart is a native in my region… Therefore I am including it in my wildflower week… I actually have one more Dicentra for you tomorrow… But until then…

I personally call this plant “Creeping Bleeding Heart”… Dicentra eximia is a herbaceous perennial that grows from a rhizome… It is known by the common names “Wild Bleeding Heart”, “Fringed Bleeding Heart”, and “Turkey-Corn”… It is native to the Appalachian Mountains from Pennsylvania south…

I have no idea where I got this plant from… A division from another gardener probably… It begins blooming in mid-spring and will keep on going right up through autumn… The seeds are born in a pointed pod… They turn black while the pod is still green… Each one has a white tail that is enjoyed by ants…

Fringed bleeding hearts are tolerant of a variety of conditions… I consider them full shade plants… They can be grown in the sun but tend to stop blooming early… I believe this is a result of stress caused by the excessive sunlight…

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New To writing and never had to site sources before… These “Plant a Day Till Spring” posts are simply intended to kill time until spring… My source is Wikipedia.org… The photography is all my own… And I am adding my own information… But much of this is just related from the web…

This website and all of the information presented within is provided free by the author… Me… It is my sole opinion and is not representative of anyone other than myself… Although this website is free… I sell prints of my photography here – www.society6.com/chriscondello – or you can contact me directly with questions at – c.condello@hotmail.com – Although it isn’t a requirement… It helps…

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A Plant A Day Till Spring – Day 8 – Bleeding Hearts

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“Bleeding Hearts” – Spring 2012 – Whitney Avenue – Wilkinsburg, PA

“A Plant a Day till Spring” will highlight one plant a day, starting on the winter solstice (December 21, 2013)… And ending on the vernal equinox (March 20, 2014)… If all goes to plan I will be starting with old Snowdrop photos from 2013… And ending with new photos of Snowdrops in 2014

Formerly known as Dicentra spectabilis… Lamprocapnos spectabilis is better known by the common name “Bleeding Hearts”… It is a species of flowering plant in the Poppy family Papaveraceae… A few other common names are “Dutchman’s Breeches”, “Lyre Flower”, and “Lady-in-a-Bath”…

Bleeding Heart is a herbaceous perennial that grows from a rhizome… Flowering occurs in spring and early summer… Up to 20 flowers form per stem… This plant is a bit confusing due to the fact that some years it will die down to the ground mid-summer leaving a hole in the garden… While others it will remain green up until the first frost… I personally like to plant Hosta around the plant… When the plant begins to brown I cut it to the ground… The hosta leaves then grow over my pruned plant…

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“Lady-in-a-Bath” – Spring 2013 – Whitney Avenue – Wilkinsburg, PA – Bleeding Heart floaters in a dyed puddle… Evening light…

Bleeding Hearts should be grown in full sun if you live in a cooler climate… Though they tend to be pretty tolerant of shade anywhere else… Here in Pittsburgh, PA I consider it a part to full-shade perennial… In my own experience all day sun will burn the leaves to a crisp…

Bleeding hearts will self-seed if left to their own… The roots tend to be very brittle… Divisions are best done in late fall… Early spring will work as well… This plant can grow as tall as a human… In full sun they can become enormous… I recommend dividing every 3 or 4 years… Not only does it keep the plants height regulated… It offers an opportunity to share… And that’s what gardening… And my blog are all about… Sharing…

plant petunias and question everything – chriscondello

New To writing and never had to site sources before… These “Plant a Day Till Spring” posts are simply intended to kill time until spring… My source is Wikipedia.org… The photography is all my own… And I am adding my own information… But much of this is just related from the web…

This website and all of the information presented within is provided free by the author… Me… It is my sole opinion and is not representative of anyone other than myself… Although this website is free… I sell prints of my photography here – www.society6.com/chriscondello – or you can contact me directly with questions at – c.condello@hotmail.com – Although it isn’t a requirement… It helps…

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Garden Prayer #2

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“Dutchman’s Breeches” – Dicentra cucullaria – Frick Park – Pittsburgh, PA

God bless the earth we walk on…
Bless the plants and the trees…
Take care of our flowers…
That attract the bees…

Put a shovel in the soil…
And our hands in the ground…
While we listen to the birds…
Sing magnificent sounds…

The air around us is fresh…
And the breeze is warm…
A sure sign of spring…
When honeybees swarm…

They visit your flowers…
Then they’ll come to mine…
Reminding us that…
Everything will be just fine…

peace – chriscondello

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