From My Sketchbook Pages

I’m anxious for Spring to come, not just to see everything come back to life in our yard, but to have some fresh muse for my sketchbook.

One of the most magical flowers in our garden is the bleeding heart. They are so delicate and unique, thriving in the shady, damp spot right next to our front porch. Each year they grow bigger and multiply, which is quite a treat. (note that these pictures are from last year since our yard is still mostly covered in show, except for a few patches that the sun touches regularly.)

bleeding heart shrub

They are a flowering plant in the poppy family, native to Siberia, northern China, Korea and Japan. Lucky for us, they were already here when we bought our house nine years ago.

I just learned this cool story behind the bleeding heart plant:

There is a legend from Japan which tells a story of how the bleeding heart flower came to be. In the story, a young man tried win the love of a young lady. He did this by giving a pair of rabbits (which are the first two petals of the flower), a pair of slippers (which are the next two petals of the flower), and finally a pair of earrings (which are the last two petals of the flower) to the girl. She continued to reject his affections, and, heart-broken, he pierced his heart with his sword (the middle part of the flower) which caused the bleeding heart.


bleeding hearts

Besides admiring them and photographing them, I also love to draw bleeding hearts! In anticipation of Spring and all of the plants in our gardens coming back to life soon, I finished this page in my sketchbook over the weekend.

sketchbook page bleeding hearts

Be sure to stop by my shop when you get a chance to check out my bleeding heart notecards.

notecards bleeding hearts

Thanks for stopping by!


In My Spring Garden

I have been taking a lot of pictures around our yard and gardens this spring.

flowering crab treeWe have these great flowering crab apple trees that look like giant blossoms in spring.

flowering crab in front yard

The bleeding heart shrub proves to be spectacular every year.

bleeding heart bush

Great close-up subject for drawing practice.

bleeding heart flowersSomehow, we even got white flowers out of the same plant. I think they are so mystical looking, especially with those rain drops on the leaves.

white bleeding heart flowers

We planted more bulbs last fall, which I had forgotten about, so these were a nice surprise.

new pink and white tulips

These tulips are my favorite!

my favorite tulips!

Check out these gorgeous dahlias I found at the farmers market today.

red and white dahliaI wish they were perennials around here, but our climate is a little too cold for them to last past summer.

purple dahlia

Isn’t planting season the best?! Once we get past the last chance for frost, I will be planting the vegetable garden, which will be strictly a salsa garden this year, and annuals in our containers. I can’t wait to get cosmos and zinnias too. I hope it looks as nice around here as a botanical garden by July!