Growing Balloon

A plant that blows bubbles?

No, it’s slower, more measured, almost sedate.

Is that how it gained the name “balloon flower”?

Three years ago I took a chance on a plant. I’m always an optimist the day I do my spring excursion to the local garden shop. It helps that I define success with a plant as getting it to live, not necessarily blossom or produce fruit. I’m sure it was classed as an annual, something I seldom get adventurous with.

It started green. Grew a little. Produced one white blossom.

Well, that was okay. I got what I paid for.

Imagine a little surprise the next spring when it poked out. Well, I’m not one to turn down a gift – or a resedding annual – so I left it alone aside from a little water when I tended the neighbors. It grew larger than the year before. And now the process has repeated. More blossoms in early July than any previous year.

I’ll take it. I like plants that repeat, whether from seed or deep roots. The buds swell, stretching from green, to pale green, to white flower that lasts two or three days.

First of several.

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