Spring Forth with Bleeding Hearts - Nature As Neighbors

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors



The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size. - Gertrude S. Wister


Spring has been a big tease in Clark County, Washington this year. Yesterday, we were pleasantly surprised by afternoon sunshine and temps in the upper 60's. It was glorious. Today, we have heavy rain and a wind warning in effect through tomorrow. Yippee. 


However, we are celebrating spring with every new bloom that opens at our rural home in Camas. Last week, we were thrilled to see our favorite woodland flowers, the Trilliums beginning to bloom. This week, it's the lovely heart-shaped dainty blooms of Bleeding Hearts. 


They look wonderful in naturalized gardens and require moist soil with sun-dappled shade.  If in the right spot, they can easily take over a garden, so feel free to share new plants with fellow gardeners.  Or, consider donating healthy plants to local plant sales where proceeds go for a good cause. 


Deer will bypass this woodland plant too - a big plus when you live in rural settings. Butterflies and hummingbirds like them though - another big plus! Gardening with natives, or plants that thrive in a particular climate, is one of the best ways to work in harmony with nature. 



Native plants are not only adapted to environmental conditions, they are naturally resistant to pests and diseases. Therefore, they require less maintenance and have additional storm-water and wildlife advantages. While this particular Bleeding Heart is not a true native ( Western Bleeding Heart), it is well-suited to our local conditions and thrives. 

Happy Saturday. May flowers bloom along your paths today. 

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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

JL - sorry to hear, they are a real staple here in our shady woodland gardens. D 

Apr 07, 2018 09:49 AM #2
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good Morning ,  Snow for the Rockies game yesterday and we loss, it was a delayed game and 28 degree.  But that okay 78 on Tuesday and 80on Wednesday next week.


Apr 07, 2018 09:59 AM #3
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


One of our neighbors has the red version of bleeding hearts.  They are an amazing plant, and beautiful.  Love your closeups and the quote.  A

Apr 07, 2018 12:22 PM #4
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

It is fun to photograph the bleeding hearts. Thanks for sharing your photographs.

These are the bleeding hearts in Maryland. 

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Apr 07, 2018 01:29 PM #5
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Debb and Bernie- One of my favorite flowers!  It\s so much better when we try to work with plants that are native to our area!  Our spring was fleeting and now it feels like summer. 

Apr 07, 2018 02:05 PM #6
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Debb and Bernie, I never heard of Bleeding Hearts, needless to say the picture explained it to me... now I will have to look see if they grow in our part of the world, Endre

Apr 07, 2018 03:14 PM #7
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Debb and Bernie - thank you for sharing this previous unknown- to-me quote.  Nice photos too.

Apr 07, 2018 04:45 PM #8
Lauren Williams, CPO
Casual Uncluttering LLC - Woodinville, WA
Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD Trillium, Columbines, Trout Lilies, Spring Beauties, Phlox... Don't get me started on natives, I'll keep going for hours! One of my dearest goals is to garden out here, trying the NW plants. I haven't planted a thing since moving from Maryland.

Apr 07, 2018 06:47 PM #9
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

My mother had Bleeding Hearts in her garden.  They always provided a delightful accent.

Apr 08, 2018 03:43 AM #10
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Debb, your blooms are beautiful, and should put some in my garden.  Sorry to hear your weather is not spring-like, but hope the sun returns soon.

Apr 08, 2018 07:18 AM #11
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hello Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, Bleeding Hearts are beautiful, never knew what they were till now thanks to you.  

Apr 08, 2018 07:53 AM #12
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

What a pretty plant, Debb! Had never heard of Bleeding Hearts (then again, I'm a city girl, as you know, and I make pretensions about knowing things like this). Winter doesn't seem to want to leave. It was in the 30's last night in Charlotte and I couldn't believe I was needing to wear a coat this morning in April when I went out! Rained all day yesterday, but it was in the 60's. Sun is out now but still only 45 degrees. Should warm up tomorrow, but rain returns. Is it too much to ask for a warm and sunny day?

Apr 08, 2018 08:42 AM #13
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - I actually laughed when I read your comment "Yippee". I have weekends like that as well. Fortunately they are rare.

I love the pics of the Trillium - Bleeding Hearts and Roy Kelley's pic also. I will have to keep my eyes open for those. I don't think I have seen either. OUr climate probably does not sustain them at all. 

Apr 08, 2018 10:27 AM #14
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Gorgeous photos, Debb. You know, my husband and I grew bleeding hearts in Minneapolis. They grew very well in partial shade by the garage. Row upon rows of them. It's probably too hot in Sacramento for them to fare well. Plus, too busy for gardening now. I just tell my gardner: do whatever you like and make it look like somebody cares.

Apr 08, 2018 12:06 PM #15
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

We seem to have found every flower the deer love to nibble on Debb!

Apr 08, 2018 05:08 PM #16
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Bleeding hearts are one of my favorites and remind me of my amazing mother-in-law who has passed Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD. We used to walk her gardens while I oooh-ed and ahh-ed over her green thumb and ability to bring so much beauty to her world.

Apr 08, 2018 06:17 PM #17
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Debb, I have always liked bleeding hearts. We had them at the house I grew up in and they always make me think of my childhood. It's been a tease here too, hoping we both have spring weather very soon. Wishing you and Bernie a great week!

Apr 09, 2018 05:07 AM #18
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

If deer will pass on these bleeding hearts, and butterflies suround them, I'm going to plant some of of these...Lovely!


Apr 09, 2018 08:00 AM #19
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Debb and Bernie - in spite of our cold weather we are now see the beginning of things popping up.

Apr 09, 2018 11:05 AM #20
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - Your timing for this post on  bleeding hearts is perfect! Just a few days ago my daughter and I were hiking around Switzerland and came upon some bleeding hearts. She pointed them out and we had good conversations. Apparently, your weather is very similar to hers and what people in TX are experiencing. We can never take anything for granted or get too comfortable with seasonal changes, can we? 

Apr 10, 2018 11:35 AM #21
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