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.