‘Bleeding Heart’ Takes On New Meaning at the Botanical Gardens
—Posted Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 3:00 am—
Just 5 minutes from the Atrium Bed and Breakfast Inn is the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, 47 acres of beautiful plants from around the world.
The latest edition of the Botanical Gardens newsletter notes that the ‘Bleeding Hearts’ are just beginning to bloom.
The name Bleeding Heart refers to Dicentra spectabilis, whose unopened flowers resemble a heart with a drop of blood beneath it. If you look closely at the open blossom, you can see how it earned its botanical name Dicentra, from the Greek words dis “twice”, and kentron “spurred”.
The newsletter article also notes that “despite the recent cold wet weather, the Garden’s native Dicentra formosa is springing out of dormancy, with fresh fern-like blue-green foliage and arching stems of delicate pink flowers. In a light rain, the slightly glaucous leaves catch and display raindrops like thousands of tiny shimmering pearls. It can be found thriving in the perennial garden, along the south trail and throughout the natural areas.”
The Botanical Gardens is on our list of “don’t miss” attractions.