Posted: 27/07/2016 at 15:41
Ha ! I wondered if anyone who mention the balsam !
I know it's a pain in the bum in most gardens/in the wild. This section of my garden is the wild area.( hence the state of the grass!)
I grow balsam because the buzzy bees go bonkers over it and I actively encourage bees and anything that acts as a pollinator into my garden. The flowers are really beautiful when you take a look inside them.
I keep a few in the back of my boarders too. They make a lovely backdrop with my hollyhocks.
Yes they do seed like crazy, pinging seeds everywhere, even over my 6ft fence into the car park behind the house. I keep them under control by pulling the very distinctive seedling up as soon as I spot them and make sure they don't invade beyond the fence or over take my garden. I do keep a very close eye on them to keep them under control.
I don't compost them either. I burn them.
They make a satisfying sizzle when you zap them with the flame thrower!