Fairies in wigs

They spread love and colour in spring

And most people know them as bleeding hearts.


They are also known as Lady in the Bath.

Here you can see the pale ladies in various stages of undress.

Lady in the bath

(Just in case you’re wondering how the flowers could deny gravity,

I need to confess to posting the picture upside down!)

However, every time I pass these flowers

I can’t help but see delicate fairies wearing bright pink wigs.

Fairies in wigs copy

No matter what you call them —

I think you’ll agree that they are wonderful, luminous beauties.

Luminous hearts

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92 responses

  1. Lady FI
    All your photos are perfectly
    I admire your shooting skill.

    June 3, 2013 at 16:02

  2. I LOVE them! Beautiful!
    I want one…or ten.

    June 3, 2013 at 16:04

  3. Jim

    My sentiments exactly Fiona! Ron showed me just yesterday the photos he took of these ‘beauties’ from our garden….I said that they look like fancy wigs.! We must be at the same latitude or nearly so.

    June 3, 2013 at 16:13

  4. They are GORGEOUS! Yes, I have always known them as bleeding hearts and they were one of my Dad’s favorites. XOX

    June 3, 2013 at 16:13

  5. Gorgeous !

    June 3, 2013 at 16:19

  6. I have always loved bleeding hearts and I like you interpretation as fairies with wigs. Beautiful photos!

    June 3, 2013 at 16:23

  7. They are so pretty! I like “Fiaries in wigs” suits them perfectly!

    June 3, 2013 at 16:28

  8. You are so funny…posting the pic upside down. I love it as always.

    June 3, 2013 at 16:31

  9. Wow, just gorgeous shots! I can’t believe how pretty this plant is. I think I need to plant some at my house!

    June 3, 2013 at 16:55

  10. They are just absolutely gorgeous!

    June 3, 2013 at 17:07

  11. These are beautiful! I just saw one Kelly Letky posted and wondered what they were.

    June 3, 2013 at 17:10

  12. oh that progression shot is so cool…and i can def see why the other name….great capture…always thought of them as hearts….

    June 3, 2013 at 17:16

  13. too cute! thanks for the smiles.:)

    June 3, 2013 at 17:34

  14. As are your photos wondrous, luminous beauties! I love all the different names and points of view you’ve given us for these delicate flowers. Would a Bleeding Heart by any other name smell as sweet? Yes! Sweeter, in fact.

    June 3, 2013 at 17:35

  15. WOW! Absolutely stunning:)

    June 3, 2013 at 17:51

  16. You KNOW how I love Bleeding Hearts, and your photos of these are perfection!! The first and third ones are my favorites, though the upside-down one showing them “defying gravity” made me chuckle – the two in the middle look like they’re ready to flap their little wings and fly off on an adventure! And in the right-side up version, those same two look like they’re sporting those flip hairdos popular in the ’60’s.:-)

    I never knew them by any other name, so thanks for enlightening me about the “Lady in the Bath” moniker!

    June 3, 2013 at 18:10

  17. So beautiful! I like the upside down shot. A different perspective that is quite fun!

    June 3, 2013 at 18:18

  18. The photos of the flowers show how magical they are. What amazing flowers! I totally see the ladies in a bath name!

    June 3, 2013 at 19:10

  19. Eileen

    I love the bleeding hearts and your cute names! Lovely images, have a great week ahead!

    June 3, 2013 at 19:46

  20. I do agree completely – they’re wonderful! I love your perspective on them. Such fun bright pink wigs, and beautiful shots!

    June 3, 2013 at 20:08

  21. They were my favorite flowers as a child! I still love them (or would if I ever saw them, which I don’t here in Florida). Thanks for the memories!

    June 3, 2013 at 20:42

  22. daryledelstein

    bleeding hearts are among my favorite flowers

    June 3, 2013 at 20:48

  23. Exquisite flowers/colors and your captures are breathtaking as always! It’s so good to get back online and be able to see and enjoy the beauty! Hope you have a great week!

    June 3, 2013 at 20:52

  24. JM

    The third shot is magnificent, definitely my favourite. Just perfect!

    June 3, 2013 at 20:52

  25. Lovely – those petals look positively luminous with the light behind them!

    June 3, 2013 at 21:11

  26. You and Oscar spread so much joy! Thank You both.

    ALOHA from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral
    ~ >

    June 3, 2013 at 21:38

  27. Love this awesome post, and your stunning image. great bokeh!!

    hugs from

    June 3, 2013 at 21:46

  28. I love them too, Lady Fi – so pretty, delicate and theatrical all at once. We used to call them Dutchman’s trousers back home. L-G took a picture of the one in our new kolonilott the other day – http://ostkustbilder.blogspot.se/2013/06/lojtnantshjarta.html

    June 3, 2013 at 22:09

  29. LOL! Now I will be seeing the fairies in pink wigs! :)

    June 3, 2013 at 22:37

  30. Beautiful… I love Bleeding Hearts. A friend gave me a cutting last year —and even though it’s only been less than a year, I had two little hearts in bloom this year… I was so excited… Can’t wait til it grows some more –and I get lots of little hearts too.

    June 3, 2013 at 23:08

  31. Fantastic pics!

    June 3, 2013 at 23:50

  32. Your bleediing hearts are great! Love the upside down one.

    June 3, 2013 at 23:50

  33. These are very lovelyflowers! I love wild floers so much!

    Stunning photos, even the one upside down:)

    June 4, 2013 at 00:04

  34. miyahde

    Dearest Lady Fi,
    Wow, “Fairies in wings”♡♡♡ Beautiful pictures and warmed my heart, my friend♬♬♬ 

    June 4, 2013 at 00:40

  35. Dear Fi, You’ve brought me wonderful memories with your photos – the Bleeding Heart was one of my mother’s favorite. I tried to grow them at altitude but haven’t been successful. Such depth and clarity in your photos.

    June 4, 2013 at 01:02

  36. I do love these, your photos are grand:)

    An English Girl Rambles

    June 4, 2013 at 01:28

  37. Pat

    Beautiful shots. I love the upside down one.

    June 4, 2013 at 01:31

  38. You are an inspiration! I love these. I must examine mine more closely before that pass over!

    June 4, 2013 at 03:24

  39. Fantastic shots of the beautiful flowers.

    June 4, 2013 at 04:04

  40. They are such beautiful, heart-warming things. I have not heard them called Lady in the Bath – but love it. Thank you.

    June 4, 2013 at 04:55

  41. thesmittenimage

    The most interesting post I’ve ever seen about bleeding hearts. You have the gift of perspective.

    June 4, 2013 at 05:18

  42. Your bleeding hearts looks so graceful.:-)
    xo jj

    June 4, 2013 at 07:32

  43. Jim

    So beautiful.

    June 4, 2013 at 07:38

  44. So stunning and beautiful but what I absolutely love is the creativity with which you show them to us. A wonderful piece of art, love it simply!:)

    My Yatra Diary…

    June 4, 2013 at 09:00

  45. So stunning and beautiful but what I absolutely love is the creativity with which you show them to us! A wonderful piece of art, love it simply!:)

    My Yatra Diary…

    June 4, 2013 at 09:01

  46. Your photos are absolutely stunning and I loved the names for these beautiful flowers.

    June 4, 2013 at 09:27

  47. Brilliantly captured!!

    June 4, 2013 at 09:48

  48. beautiful shots of the bleading hearts. Love the light and colors. And the one upside down.:)

    June 4, 2013 at 11:37

  49. Quite a sexy post!! I love this colour of pink/purple. Thans for your visit and comment. So you learned diving! How brave you are!

    June 4, 2013 at 11:43

  50. I missed being here!

    I so loooove these close ups, Ladyfi. Hope someday I can explore some gardens in my place. I live in a tropical country and we have lots of flowers but haven’t gotten yet to taking photos of them. Thanks for the inspiration.

    June 4, 2013 at 12:00

  51. Now you mention it…Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

    June 4, 2013 at 12:07

  52. Remarkable looking flower – I would have left the upside down one unannounced, just to see who noticed!

    Stewart M – Melbourne

    June 4, 2013 at 12:25

  53. I love bleeding hearts – your photos are so very pretty! I never knew they had other names – thanks for sharing that!

    June 4, 2013 at 12:41

  54. Wow!

    June 4, 2013 at 12:54

  55. You have showcased these lovely flowers so perfectly. They are one of my favourites…I have a huge plant at the side of the house and I love to cut a few and enjoy them inside too. Those little wigs are such fun with that whimsical little flip ip at the ends. :o)

    June 4, 2013 at 12:55

  56. How beautiful these are!
    Ours are just coming into bloom now, and I cannot wait to photograph them.
    Wishing you a wonderful day ahead!

    June 4, 2013 at 13:07

  57. Beautiful! Flowers always bring delight to out hearts!

    June 4, 2013 at 14:34

  58. I do agree with you, ladyfi. As Lacecap Hydrangeas look like fairies wearing a luminous lace cap in the shower of light in my post, Breeding Hearts wearing a lovely ping wig in your post.

    June 4, 2013 at 14:59

  59. That up-side down one looks like ducks in prom dresses.

    June 4, 2013 at 15:17

  60. j’aime bien le cadrage de la première

    June 4, 2013 at 15:27

  61. I’m very fond of these old-fashioned flowers.:)

    June 4, 2013 at 15:33

  62. WOW! Gorgeous shots!

    June 4, 2013 at 15:38

  63. Beautiful focus! This pink is so sweet.

    June 4, 2013 at 16:41

  64. Hi! Very fabulous shots. Upside down shot is very cool. I can imagine many things from your photos. Thank you for sharing.

    June 4, 2013 at 16:44

  65. These photos are marvelous! I enjoyed the picture of the blossoms defying gravity, but all of them are simply spectacular.

    June 4, 2013 at 17:18

  66. These are simply stunning!

    June 4, 2013 at 17:37

  67. Lady in the Bath and Bleeding Hearts are names I think I won’t forget for a awhile. These flowers are playfully unique in design.


    June 4, 2013 at 17:51

  68. Oh, my grandmother used to have these and i loved them, haven’t seen them since

    June 4, 2013 at 18:07

  69. Lovely compositions I like the smoothness and brightness of the colors in these bleeding hearts, very creative photos.

    June 4, 2013 at 18:15

  70. Snyggt! Beautful!
    I had one like that but it did die from the Cold Winter unfortunately

    June 4, 2013 at 20:49

  71. What an exquisite flower and you’ve captured its elegant beauty so well! Thanks for visiting my blog! Enjoy the week.

    June 4, 2013 at 22:39

  72. How can we go from snow to bright pink in such a short time. Beautiful!

    June 4, 2013 at 23:25

  73. So lovely!! They are beauties! Wonderful photos!

    June 5, 2013 at 01:46

  74. now that you mention it, they remind me of the Wendy’s hamburger girl! Great shots!

    June 5, 2013 at 01:53

  75. Al

    They are such delicate beauties – I love the upside-down photo, it’s exquisite!

    June 5, 2013 at 02:18

  76. Wonderful cannot describe the beauty of these pink wigged beauties. X

    June 5, 2013 at 03:21

  77. Your photos are great and show how beautiful these flowers are.

    June 5, 2013 at 03:46

  78. Beautiful flowers, wonderful colours, in such colours world is more beautiful:) Greetings

    June 5, 2013 at 10:43

  79. Lovely flowers Fi. Nice photos too – Dave

    June 5, 2013 at 10:57

  80. Now that you say they look like fairies in wigs, I can totally see it! I will never look at them the same…

    June 5, 2013 at 14:30

  81. Your lovely photos have convinced me that I should add these to my garden.

    June 5, 2013 at 15:56

  82. imac

    You really have a wonderful way with your works of Art my friend

    June 5, 2013 at 16:46

  83. Those are some of our favorite flowers here. We had some in our garden- unfortunately they did not come back this year.😦
    Cheers! -Danette

    June 5, 2013 at 18:25

  84. One of my favorite flowers—-they seem to light up the darker portions of gardens:-). Beautiful shots.

    June 5, 2013 at 22:50

  85. Beautiful! I love the color too!

    June 6, 2013 at 00:14

  86. jenmuddybootdreams

    One of the most stunning series of bleeding hearts photos I have ever encountered…I see them in a whole new light now.


    June 6, 2013 at 05:43

  87. Shweta

    Magical and beautifully taken captured.

    June 6, 2013 at 09:58

  88. Magical! Wonderful photos!

    June 6, 2013 at 18:28

  89. There you go again …. taking my breath away! Beautiful images!

    June 6, 2013 at 18:53

  90. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words

    What a wonderful description!

    June 7, 2013 at 20:15

  91. Positively gorgeous!

    June 25, 2013 at 03:48

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