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Monday, 11 July 2016

Balsam Plants Growing In My Garden.

At one time, I had some balsam plants with bright red flowers growing in my garden. After a while, they grew old and I pulled them out and discarded them. All the seeds we have collected were given away to friends. Recently I noticed some balsam plants growing in my garden again. Someone must have scattered some balsam seeds in my garden.

This time they were purple flowers balsam plants. Balsam plants are not fussy and they grow quite easily.
These balsam plants were found growing in the bougainvillea pot exposed to full sun.
This one was found growing from the ground near some flower pots.
This one was also exposed to full sun. It gets watered once a day.
The flowers of balsam plants are delicate and very pretty.
The stems of balsam plants are not woody.
The flowers are bright in colour. The flowers come in many shades of bright red, purple, pink, white, etc. 
These are the seeds pods, Once they ripen, they easily explode and disperse the tiny brown seeds.
Can you see the tiny brown seeds from inside the exploded seed pod?

He waters the furrows with abundant rain.

Showers soften the earth, melting the clods and

causing seeds to sprout across the land.

(Psalm 65:10, The Living Bible-TLB)

60 comments:

  1. Nancy, I used to plant Balsam long ago. And I find it exciting to touch the seed pods and they explode hah..hah.... Then they stared growing all over the place due to the dispersion of the seeds. So I pulled them out and did not plant any again.

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    1. The same thing happened the first time I planted the balsam plants. Good thing the plant were easy to pull out.

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  2. It is beautiful! I have never heard of this plant before.

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    1. Thank you, Ginny. It is a common plant and it grows easily.

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  3. When i meet you, i must get tips from you how to do gardening...

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    1. You are most welcome, Sharon. My tips are all very simple and "ching chai" Ha ha!

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    1. Thank you, Linda. Have a happy day!

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  5. As kid, I loved to pop the balsam. Hehe.

    And how beautiful and colourful the flowers are.

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    1. I too loved to pop the seed pops. Have a wonderful day!

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    1. Thank you, Gosia. Have a lovely day!

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  7. I love to pop the seed pods when i was young.

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    1. Ha ha...me too. We kids used to fight over the seed pops!

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  8. Beautiful plants Dear:)
    Have a great week:)
    kisses
    http://irreplaceable-fashion.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, dear. Have a great day!

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  9. I don't know the name balsam plants but when I saw the plants in your photos, I said to myself, it looks like bunga keembong. During primary schools, our teachers would ask us to bring bunga keembong to school to study them during science lessons. True enough I found out via google that keembong is balsam.

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    1. Thanks for the name, bunga keembong. I have forgotten this name. Yes, and we even have to sketch the whole plant in our science note book and label the parts.

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  10. I thought this is dark pink..so this is the purple one...nice color...soon you will have more since you have so much seeds :)

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    1. Once the seeds started to disperse, the plants will start to grow all over my garden.

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  11. A beautiful plant with pretty flowers, I have never come across this plant before.

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    1. Thank you, Mamas. Have a beautiful day!

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  12. Life comes from a single seed.

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  13. I can't look at the seed pods without my fingers itching to pop them!

    Maybe some bird brought the seeds... unless you have people who would kindly scatter seeds for you hehe.

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  14. It is beautiful. I've never seen balsam grow here.

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    1. Thank you, Thel. These plants are quite common over here.

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  15. Gorgeous flowers and so special especially as they have self seeded, unless it was the birds who dropped the seeds? Growing when you didn't expect them merits extra attention! Have a great week.
    Wren x

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    1. There are a few plants that were self-seeded, mostly are through the birds. Have a great week too!

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  16. Hello Nancy, pretty plant and flowers. I like plants that are easy to take care of. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

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    1. Thank you, Eileen. These are very easy to take care. Have a wonderful day!

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  17. Hah! I remember this plant, Nancy. I love popping the seed pods. Now I know the name, thanks to you. ^.^

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    1. Thank you, Sharon. I too love popping the seed pods. Have a lovely day!

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  18. Very pretty flowers. I never heard of these plants and its interesting to learn about them. :) Hugs-Erika

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    1. Hugs and thank you, Erika. Have a beautiful day!

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  19. Your plants are beautiful and your photography is excellent.

    Have a fabulous day Nancy. ☺

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    1. Thank you & hugs, Sandy. Have a wonderful day!

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  20. Nancy, thanks for telling me about the coffee. So I guess I will be unable to make it like you have it there. But maybe I can out some condensed milk in, and it will be halfway!

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    1. You are most welcome, Ginny. Yes, you can try it out and see if you like the taste. Enjoy your white coffee!

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  21. Beautiful flowers!!! Happy new week! Greetings!:))

    xxBasia

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    1. Thank you, dear. Have a beautiful day!

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    1. Thank you, William. Have a great day!

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  23. I have many of that here in the Philippines with the same color of flowers Nancy. We call it Kamantigue here. Now I can call is Balsam too.

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    1. Thank you, Lei. Now I know it is also called Kamantique. Balsam is its common name.

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  24. I love the shade of pink in the flower color... very pretty Nancy... I don't have a green thumb, I wish I did xox

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    1. Thank you, Launna. I am sure you can make plants grow too. Just keep on trying and not give up. That was what I did. Gardening and seeing our reward has healing effect on us.

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  25. The leaves look so fresh with the drops of water on them.

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    1. Yes, just a few drops of water on them make a lot of difference.

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  26. One of my favourites since it doesn't need much care and beautiful to look at.

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    1. They are beautiful when grown in clusters.

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  27. I honestly am not familiar with Balsam. Good to finally know about it. :)
    This is beautiful.

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  28. Uma postagem muito florida, gostei de ver.
    Um abraço e boa semana.
    Andarilhar

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    1. Thank you, Francisco. Have a lovely day!

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  29. Lovely post dear! ...thx for sharing!
    xx

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    1. Thank you, Beauty. Have a wonderful day!

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  30. Interesting! N such lovely colour too!

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    1. Thank you, Irene. Have a beautiful day!

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