Not ALL of my inspiration comes from formal gardens. A while ago, a construction customer of mine compiled a list of improvements she wanted completed on her home. Refinish the interior stairs. Paint the entire exterior of the home. A 20 x 20 expansion of an existing patio, and a formal wrought-iron fence around the entire area. She wanted a retaining wall and garden area around the storage shed located in the far boundary of the back yard I hauled in 6 full dump-truck loads of dirt, several tons of slate rock, 6 yards of concrete and three palletts of sod. In preparing for all of the new construction, one of her requests was that I try to salvage the existing flowers bordering the old patio and lot line.
There it was! Tucked away near the air-conditioning unit on the back side of the house, was one of my favorite flowers! I immediately dropped the shovel, drove home to retrieve my camera gear to capture the beauty.
The Bleeding Heart is one of the most literal flowers used symbolically today. The blooms resemble a classical cartoon heart with drops of blood falling out of it. Japanese folklore also has a tale about a spurned prince who killed himself by sword when a lovely maiden rejected his gifts, which are all represented by different petals from the flower. Some religious groups choose to plant the flower as a reminder of compassion for the suffering of others. It can represent people who share their emotions freely and wear their heart on their sleeve too.
I hope you enjoy my accidental discovery as much as I did. And thank you for listening!