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A story behind bleeding heart flowers


By lishy


Long ago there lived a noble prince who tried in vain to win the heart of a very beautiful princess. The prince had brought the princess wonderful gifts from his travels far and wide. Yet she had taken no notice of him. One day the prince returned from a long journey with very special gifts to surely win the love of the princess. First he presented her with two magical pink bunnies. Peel off the two outer petals and set them on their sides to display two little pink bunnies.

The princess only sighed and barely looked at the little bunnies. The hopeful prince had one more gift saved for last – he presented a pair of beautiful enchanted earrings. Remove the two long white petals and hold them next to your ears.

Again, the princess hardly noticed the prince’s gift. Now the poor prince was utterly heartbroken. He could try no more to win the heart of the princess. He rose up, pulled a dagger from his sheath and stabbed himself in the heart. Remaining in the flower is a heart shape with the stamen, appearing as a dark green line down the center. Hold the heart up, carefully remove the dagger-like line, and plunge the dagger through the heart.

The princess was overcome by the dedication of the dying prince and his unending love for her. She realized too late that she loved him also. “Alas,” she cried out. “I have done wrong, my own heart is broken also. I shall bleed for my prince forever more!” And her heart bleeds to this very day.

There are many blossoms on a Bleeding Heart in full bloom, so next time you pass such a delightful array, perhaps you’ll have permission to pick a heart and discover the mysteries within…

Found thins online and thought it such a sad story

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How sad that story was, I cant wait to pick one and find it for myself, a well sad love story Lishy 8~0 but beutifull

3 Sep, 2010


it is sad, but think its lovely too...

4 Sep, 2010


thanks for this story! Love my bleeding heart, well not literally of course!!

4 Sep, 2010


LOL Lulu I know what you mean

4 Sep, 2010


more flower stories please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

4 Sep, 2010


A story all about "Lily~OF~the~valley"

There is a French legend which tells the story of Saint Leonard. He was supposedly a close friend of the King and lived near Limoges in 550 AD. Although he was known as a fearless fighter, St Leonard wanted to commune with God. He went to the woods to live the life of a hermit. But in those very same woods lived a terrible dragon called Temptation.

Once when Saint Leonard was in deep prayer he did not hear the dragon tell him to leave the woods. A terrible battle raged between Saint Leonard and the dragon until blood, both that of the dragon and that of Saint Leonard, was splattered over the ground. Eventually the dragon was vanquished. Poisonous weeds grew where ever the dragon's blood was splattered but the fragrant lily-of-the-valley grew where the blood of the saint had been spilled.,,

Any more stories,,??

4 Sep, 2010


awww thats good one teddygirl

4 Sep, 2010


The Story of " Forget~me~not" plant,

In a German legend, God named all the plants when a tiny unnamed one cried out, "Forget-me-not, O Lord!" God replied, "That shall be your name."

The Christ Child was sitting on Mary's lap one day and said that he wished that future generations could see her eyes. He touched her eyes and then waved his hand over the ground and blue forget-me-nots appeared, hence the name forget-me-not.

Henry IV adopted the flower as his symbol during his exile in 1398, and retained the symbol upon his return to England the following year.[3]

In 15th-century Germany, it was supposed that the wearers of the flower would not be forgotten by their lovers. Legend has it that in medieval times, a knight and his lady were walking along the side of a river. He picked a posy of flowers, but because of the weight of his armour he fell into the river. As he was drowning he threw the posy to his loved one and shouted "Forget-me-not." It was often worn by ladies as a sign of faithfulness and enduring love.

" Remembrance
Prior to becoming the tenth province of Canada in 1949, Newfoundland (then a separate British Dominion) used the Forget-Me-Not as a symbol of remembrance of that nation's war dead. This practice is still in limited use today, though Newfoundlanders have adopted the Flanders Poppy as well.,

4 Sep, 2010


thats a good one teddygirl :0)

5 Sep, 2010


The Story of the Poinsettia

There are two plants that symbolize the Christmas period. One is the evergreen chosen for the Christmas tree, and the other is the handsome poinsettia, which can be used as a cut flower.

The popular poinsettias had their origins in Hollywood of all places. This is not a locale we associate with agriculture. Yet, this is where Albert Ecke, an European immigrant and the ancestor of the Ecke family, settled in 1920 to grow fruit, and dairy cattle. He grew a few flowers on the side, and that was what eventually developed into what is known today as the Ecke Ranch from where most of the modern poinsettias come from. The Ecke Ranch originally sold the poinsettia as a landscape plant and a cut flower. At that time, it could be found growing wild along the roadsides in California where it bloomed at Christmas. Ultimately it was offered as a potted plant, and the rest is history.

Originally, the plants were grown outdoors in fields where they came into bloom in time for Christmas. Now they are grown indoors in greenhouses where the day length can be manipulated to force them into bloom early.

Native to Mexico, poinsettias are sensitive to low temperatures. The Aztecs, who knew and used the plants, were unable to grow them at the higher elevation in Mexico City. Instead, these were grown in the lowland areas.

The Aztecs, who called the plant ‘cuetlaxochitle,’ used the red bracts as a dye source. They also applied the milky white sap to burns and used it to treat fevers. For the Aztecs, the plant was a symbol of purity.

Poinsettias were native to southern Mexico in a region called Taxo del Alarcon. In Mexico and other areas with warm climates, the plant takes the form of a bushy shrub that can reach ten feet in height. Just as with the Christmas cactus, the poinsettia begins to bloom once the days get shorter.

Their use as symbols of Christmas is believed to have arisen in the 1600’s when some Franciscan priests who were living in Mexico, saw the plants put on their attractive red coloring as the holiday season began. So they used them in their celebration of the nativity procession called the Fiesta of Santa Pesebre.

The plants reached the United States through the interest of the first American minister or ambassador to Mexico. Joel Roberts Poinsett, a plantation owner from South Carolina, held this position from 1825 to 1829. Appointed by President Andrew Jackson, he was a plant enthusiast. He traveled throughout Mexico in search of interesting plants. The plant must have been in bloom at just the right time for him to see it. Following his introduction to the poinsettia, he took some cuttings back to America and grew them in his greenhouse. Later, he passed some to friends. Some years ago, I happened to be in his hometown in South Carolina where a street is named after him.

Some time later, a Pennsylvania nurseryman became acquainted with the poinsettia. Colonel Robert Carr had become owner of the Bartram Nursery in Philadelphia, which was founded by John Bartram. He introduced the plant in 1829 at an exhibition, organized by the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society. Subsequently, the poinsettia was introduced to Europe by another American nurseryman, Robert Buist. This occurred in 1834.

The plant received the common name poinsettia after William Prescott decided it should be named after Poinsett for his role in bringing the plant to America. Prescott was a horticulturist and historian.

Poinsettia earned its botanical or Latin name the hard way, through its beauty. It was assigned the Latin name Euphorbia pulcherrima by a German botanist. The species name means ‘very beautiful,’ which certainly fits the plant.

Now there is a National Poinsettia Day, which takes place on December 12th through an act of Congress. This was made possible by the efforts of the Ecke family. The day commemorates the death of Poinsett.

The bracts, which are the colorful part of the plant, are actually a kind
of modified leaf and not a flower at all. In fact, the true blossom is rather inconspicuous. Though it is clearly in view in the center of the bract, few of us take the time to actually look at the flower. We are bedazzled by the surrounding color.

6 Sep, 2010


Alot of information there.. thanks teddygirl

7 Sep, 2010


Does anbody know the true story of our garden robin?
The relationship between robins and humans dates back many centuries. Traditionally, robins would follow wild boar around the oak woods, feeding on the insects turned up by rooting pigs. Today robins follow gardeners around for similar reasons. AH

7 Sep, 2010


So robins look at us grdeners as pigs??

8 Sep, 2010

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