Garden magic tricks: Lady in a bathtub

Gather round, kids. Now you too can amaze your friends with this simple garden sleight of hand: turn a flower into Dutchman’s breeches or Lady in the Bathtub.

Just watch…

Nothing up my sleeve. Lookee here: in this hand, one blossom of Dicentra spectabilis, or bleeding heart.

Yes, kid, the white works just like the pink.

Now, turn the blossom upside down. Gently pry apart the two halves of the heart.

Presto-changeo! There she is — in the bathtub, or in bloomers, but very much the lady.

And, I guess, she could also be Dutch.

Thank you, thank you. No applause. Just pay the monkey on the way out.

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