“There are many things that catch your eye, but only a few that catch your heart …”
Twelve years ago, I planted two bleeding hearts (dicentra spectabilis) by the front steps, pink to one side, white to the other. The pink was the showier of the two but disappeared a few years ago for some unknown reason. The white, more petite and less showy, keeps returning. Though it goes dormant as soon as summer’s heat sets in, I appreciate the subtle beauty of my white bleeding hearts while in bloom.
What a beautiful time of year. The rooms on the eastern side of the house have an especially magnificent view right now of crab apple blossoms.
It is difficult not to get overly expectant for a yard full of blooms once that first flower appears each Spring, but experience has taught me patience. On this sunny afternoon, I was able to capture my first garden image of the year … hopefully with plenty more to follow. But for now, my lonely lenten roses (hellebores) are the only plants blooming. It will probably be late April before the garden starts to put on a show. Starting soon, we’ll employ potted annuals to fill the gap until it is time for the perennials to shine.