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Red balsam

A splash of vivid colour

Balsam is one of the plants we grew from seed, not quite knowing whether it would thrive or not.

Various colours, especially red, came up splendidly the first year, and then diminishingly so in subsequent years.

I suspect this is one of the last ones, growing in a pot in front of a stone wall, among four o’clock flowers, and being watered nearly every day throughout the summer.

Although I do hope it might seed again into its pot and give us pleasure next year.

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  1. August 28, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Lovely as long as its not Himalyan Balsam which is a weed that spreads like wildfire and just takes over, although its pink flowers are pretty and the bees like them.

    • Damaris
      August 28, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      Yes, quite. I’ve seen Himalayan Balsam in the Black Forest in Germany – it gets everywhere! This one’s a quite different ‘build’ – basically just a short spike.

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