Second Growth


The second growth of the Balsam Impatiens is shown here at the end of July.  The seedlings have their second and third leaves.  The bed does look chaotic. The finished plants are cut, so the the seedlings are not pulled out of the ground and the seeds were also collected.  Soon the bed will only contain the young Balsams.

DSC_0305Some of the seeds just can’t wait and germinated while still inside the pod. Interesting, the seedling has punched through the pod as a chick would peck out of an egg.


The Balsam Impatiens have now matured and any seeds that drop will stay dormant until early spring.  The original batch of seeds were purchased at Mt. Vernon, George Washington’s home, representing some of the flowers he grew.


Here are some Balsam Impatiens growing at Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson our 3rd president.  This plant has been grown since Colonial time in the U.S.  It is a nice connection to keep them growing. The plants are native to Asia, Burma and India.  Imagine the seeds of these beautiful flowers being transported all over the world by ship and passed along to friends.


A shot across the lawn at Monticello, which was having some maintenance done this summer.

4 Comments on “Second Growth”

  1. Tina says:

    I’ve seen those plants, but never grown them. That second shot is especially nice.

  2. Sheryl says:

    It’s interesting how the original seeds traveled around the world. We think of that things are so much more global today than in the past–but there was international trade even hundred of years ago.

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