Botanical Sketchbook: Bleeding Heart (Lamprocapnos Spectabilis)
This bleeding heart plant came with our house and grows (grew) along the side of the garage. Shortly after I took the photo references in 2017 my husband and father-in-law dumped a bunch of dirt on it during the winter without asking me and destroyed it. (And then my husband had the nerve to suggest to me that we should invest in more perennial plants. Grrr.) I’m still hopeful it will come back one day!
I’m kind of relieved that it grows outside of the fenced area because it’s quite toxic to animals and children (it’s part of the poppy family). But after that first summer a huge black raspberry bush that had been razed down before we bought the house sent up a bunch of new shoots and now the thorns protect that corner quite nicely anyways! (No complaints, I was SO excited about the black raspberries!)
In my research I discovered that this plant is also called “Lady-in-a-Bath” because when the flowers mature and the two pink petals open (like on the left side of the top drawing), they reveal two inner white petals and upside down this looks like a lady having a bath.
This is what I painted yesterday in my sun lamp, and it definitely did improve my mood. These are one of the first flowers in our garden every spring (after crocuses and daffodils but before everything else). Plus they seem suited to Valentines Day?