Last night we finally got some badly needed rain.
It poured and poured and the rainfall level reached almost an 1″!
I felt like a little girl again letting the rain fall all over me and stomping in the rain!
My garden has suffered over the last two months.
But there are a few plants that are doing well, my true heat lovers!
My most favorite annual heat lover is Heirloom Balsam.
They’re different from standard impatiens (Impatiens walleriana) which are shorter an bushier.
Both are tender annuals (not cold hardy) known as balsam (Impatiens Balsamina) is a flowering heirloom plant originally from Southeast Asia. It grows about 2 to 3 feet tall.
Their one of my faves, their heavy self seeders, grow fast, tall and look great in a cottage garden.
Balsams are also known as “touch-me-not” because when the seedpods are touched they explode and scatter their “seed bombs” all over and spring into new plants next year.
I have the variety Balsam Mix, which is a single flower that looks like snapdragons in shades of blackberry, salmon, soft pink and rose. All the shades are neony except the soft pink. Butterflies and bees adore them.
They are also entirely edible – from leaf to stem. The leaves and stems are often eaten cooked as a vegetable, tasting rather like asparagus, and the seeds are collected and cooked as well.
Aren’t they pretty?
Balsams produce huge amount of seeds, more than enough to share!
If any one would like some Free seeds, just let me know.
I’m more than happy to share with friends!