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Beautiful Balsam

Last spring I started most of my garden vegetables and flower annuals from seed. We purchased a grow table from Gardeners Supply, which overall worked really well to start the seeds. I knew going into it that some of the seed experiments would be successes and some failures. I used seeds from at least 3 different companies and I also found that seeds from certain companies were more successful than others - here's one of the successes.

When we moved into our house in 2010, some beautiful purple flowers began blooming in August - they had a unique structure to them in that the blooms were nestled under the leaves. We really liked them, and my husband called them "Underflowers".  I researched and found that they were Balsam. Here's a previous blog post on those pretty purple ones. Balsam is a species of Impatiens, and they are a delightful, easy to grow annual. At first I didn't realize they were an annual, because the next couple of years they appeared as well, but less each time. A number of them do reseed themselves.

Last spring I decided to plant some myself, and I chose the Balsam Camelia Flowered Heirloom Variety from Botanical Interests. These are multicolored, rather than just the purple. They began sprouting right away, and in August they were really the star of the backyard. So beautiful!! As well as the photos, I have  also included a short video clip of the bees on them - watching that just brings back summer!



The video clip:





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