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21 September 2011

another cottage garden favortite

 Balsam
(Impatiens balsamina)



Yet another old fashioned favorite flower that is popular for the cottage garden. This is one that I used to grow as a little girl. I remember getting to pick out a packet of flower seeds when I was about eleven and nurtured these from seed. This year I started these a little late outdoors in pots, but they grow fast, and I am now reaping the rewards of pretty blooms. My seeds were from Burpee seeds Hierloom collection.


I copied this description from Better Homes and Gardens website, it so accurately describes this lovely heirloom.

Once a favorite of Victorian gardens, this old-fashioned annual adds an exotic, almost gaudy touch to the garden. It offers interesting, trumpet-shape blooms, mostly in shades of pink. Many selections have bicolor flowers. Balsam often self-seeds in the garden and is very easy to grow.
Plant established plants outdoors in spring after all danger of frost has passed. Balsam needs rich, well-drained soil to do best, so work in plenty of compost. (It's ideal in containers as long as you don't let the plants dry out for even a second.) Fertilize lightly but regularly.
Light:
Shade
Plant Type:
Annual
Plant Height:
1-3 feet tall
Plant Width:
1-2 feet wide
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders
Special Features:
Flowers,Easy to Grow
I didn't notice when I took this pic, that there 
was a visitor inside the flower:)

11 comments:

Marilyn said...

Absolutely Beautiful!!
Marilyn

Char said...

So pretty Debbi,
they remind me of lady slippers.
Don't hate me but we just planted some impatients in the garden. I have the more common variety, but they grow well now that the temps are cooler. They should last until the new year.
Your garden is a joy to visit, Char

Linda said...

Very pretty! I have aregular impatiens all over...I think I need some of those!

Sandra from Sydney said...

It is spring here in Australia, and I have been buying plants for our garden too. I looked at them and realised that the majority were pink! So I guess I love pink flowers too. But these are really gorgeous - really inspiring. I must have a look and see if I can find the seeds here too.
Sandie.

Forty Pound Sack said...

Stunning flowers! I love the rich color. Will have to look for these seeds next spring ~

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Your photos and blog are sooo beautiful !
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Toyin O. said...

The flowers are beautiful.

Gems-By-Julz said...

Lovely as always Debbi. The photography is super. If you have time pop on over to my blogspot hon http://gemsbyjulz.blogspot.com/
Your loyal follower Julz

Kathy said...

I grow these every year! My friends and I trade different colors. It is a wonderful flower for late summer into fall. In the fall, before the first frost, I pull the plants and lay the whole plant in the new spot I want it for next year.

Valerie said...

These really are gorgeous-and when I saw that they tolerate light shade I was excited! I have plenty of spots in my garden where Balsam would be perfect!

piccolaceleste said...

sono senza parole..che meraviglia... baci l├╣

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