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April 21, 2011 - Bleeding Hearts

I planted this herbaceous perennial a few years ago. They are a welcoming sign that spring is here to stay. The plant has a love story.

This story tells of a prince who tries to win the heart of a beautiful maiden by giving her gifts. With each gift, two of the petals are removed. Despite his attempts, the maiden continues to refuse the prince, and so he pierces himself through the heart - the heart having been formed with the discarded petals, the knife with the green stamen. via flowerinfo.org

March 23, 2011 - Making the best of it.

I think this is the first time I've posted a 365 photo this early in the day. Like most people in the Princeton area, I awoke this morning to falling snow. One week into Spring and Mother Nature throws us a curveball. It must be March Madness. After a week of photographing my garden patch, I had hoped to walk around the neighbourhood and maybe grabs some photos from other gardens. At first, I was disappointed because the snow had ruined my day. But then I realised that I had never taken a shot of flowers in the snow. So back out I went with the camera. The ground is all wet and slushy and muddy, so I could not get down on my knees, and I usually do. So I laid the camera down and shot blindly, hoping that it would focus and something would come from it.