Thursday, July 29, 2021

My flower of the week

 Tomorrow is Flower Friday and already some photos have arrived!  You can email your selections at

My garden is one of many memories and most of all of my friend and gardening mentor, Molly.  Molly passed away this past January.  I found myself gravitating to some plants that we discussed and I used to have in my garden.  Here is one of my favorites and I don't know why I stopped growing it!

Balsam is in the impatien flower group.  But it has long stems and when you get the seeds, they come in a variety of flowers:

The common name is "Touch-me-nots" because they develop wonderful seed pods and when touched, explode their seeds everywhere!  The kids used to squeal with laughter every time they created a seed explosion so it's a fun plant for grandkids.

They are easily grown from seed and the best part is they self sow for the next season.

I'm hoping you will consider including this plant that is fine in part sun to shade!

Have a safe and happy day!


  1. What do the seeds look like? I remember some flowers my grandmother had, and they would release their seeds all over. It was my job to find and pick up as many as I could. They were black, and about the size of a dried pea, I think?

  2. what do the seed pods look like?