high plains gardening http://hppr.org en Celebrate February with Dicentra http://hppr.org/post/celebrate-february-dicentra <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When planting season arrives this year, give yourself a belated valentine by adding dicentra spectabilis to your perennial bed. &nbsp;The common name of 'bleeding heart' makes it a perfect love note, with the tiny pink or white hearts hanging from the stems, like a heart-shaped necklace. &nbsp;Today our GHP story starts with an answer to the Shakespearean question, 'What's in a name?' as we look at the history of this valentine plant, and then we'll turn our attention to growing these beauties in a shady nook, something not easily found on our sunny High Plains.</span></p><p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 06:00:03 +0000 Skip Mancini 27558 at http://hppr.org Celebrate February with Dicentra Love in a Mist http://hppr.org/post/love-mist <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We'll start out our valentine month with a look at an annual flower with an old-fashioned look and the great common name of Love-In-A-Mist. &nbsp;I think the name fits nicely, as from a distance a mass planting of these blue, white, pink or purple flowers can look like they're floating above the ground. &nbsp;The fern-like foliage adds to its buoyancy, and the whole image goes well in containers or hanging baskets. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 06:00:02 +0000 Skip Mancini 27557 at http://hppr.org Love in a Mist