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Thursday, 13 March 2008

Signs of Spring 5


The fresh growth of Dicentra spectabilis has really started to show through this week. It's a perennial that at first unfurls itself in a similar fashion to a fern, and the new growth is tinged with purple. I have this in my woodland garden, where it hides the unsightly strap-like leaves of the daffodils whilst they die down.

I'll post a picture of the flowers around April/May time - to me they look like strings of pink lockets that make me smile. Dicentra has some wonderful common names such as Lady in the Bath and Bleeding Heart.

10 comments:

  1. How lovely. I am just planning a new flower bed - and I want the dicentra to be the star of the April May show - I love them
    regards
    Karen
    PS Well done on getting your letter published in Amateur Gardening - nice one!
    K

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  2. I love dicentra, the pink version is so sweet and I adore the white one too.

    Not sure how well it would do out here but as I don't plan on doing much in my garden until I have the farm running I can spend a bit of time deciding where it may survive.

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  3. What a cheering sight. I must have a look to see if mine is coming through yet. Have you ever tried to propagate it ?

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  4. P.S. I forgot to say that I like the signs of spring slide show.

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  5. This is the first Bleeding Heart I have seen this spring. The foliage is so beautiful... I'm looking forward to seeing your guerilla gardening...

    Happy Birthday!!!

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  6. This is the first Bleeding Heart I have seen this spring. The foliage is so beautiful... I'm looking forward to seeing your guerilla gardening...

    Happy Birthday!!!

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  7. I like your signs of Spring idea, the dicentra is lovely, I have a very large pink one, and a more delicate white one. Such a welcome sight at this time of year, the foliage popping out the soil is such a great colour. x

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  8. Hi Karen - glad you like Dicentra as much as I do. I wouldn't be without them in the Spring. Thanks for the congrats too!

    dnd - Hello again! They like quite a shady, woodland spot. So if you've got that somewhere on the farm, I'm sure you can slot a couple of them in somewhere.

    Anna - no I haven't. The roots are quite brittle apparently, so I've just gone for the cheap offers in places like Homebase

    Kate - good to see you again. It's such a good value plant isn't it? Spectacular foliage followed by lovely flowers...

    Louise - spot on re the foliage. I haven't got the white version, but I'm tempted to squeeze in a couple somewhere...

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  9. I love the white one - do see if you can squeeze one in! Am not a fan of pink (despite, or perhaps because, having two small girls)

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  10. Hi Lisa - I've just worked out the perfect spot for some white ones. I'm off to get them in the morning :)

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