Again With The Ferns And Bleeding Hearts
Yes, yes – I know I posted about Ostrich Ferns (Matteuccia struthiopteris) and Bleeding Hearts (Lamprocapnos spectabilis) less than a week ago. But such a change in those few days!
The Ostrich Ferns have filled in and reached almost their full height.
The Bleeding Hearts have stretched out their long arching stems with dangling pink and white flowers. The Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) are mostly gone, but you can still see a few in the corners of the photo above.
This picture gives you an idea of how the Ostrich Ferns perform as a foundation planting, if only for about half the year. It also shows that we need to replace some of the front windows. Will the demands of home repair never cease?
At this time of year the fresh green of the Ostrich Ferns makes me want to graze on them like some big herbivore in a flannel shirt. I refrain, though, since eating these ferns past the fiddlehead stage is not recommended.
And, as I’ve said before, the Ostrich Ferns and Bleeding Hearts go together so beautifully. The Bleeding Hearts are an import from Japan, they are not native to North America. Even so, I don’t think I could live without them. The native Bleeding Hearts (Dicentra eximia) are insipid by comparison, in my opinion.
On the other hand, the native is still in the genus Dicentra, while the exotic species has been moved to the genus Lamprocapnos. I do think that such a beautiful species deserves a name that is not quite so ugly.