Thursday, August 17, 2006

The Joy of Popping Balsam

This year the Himalayan Balsam, which grows at the side of the Cauldon Canal, seems to be taller and more prolific than ever. I’m assuming that this is because of the very hot weather we had last month. This plant is not native to this country and although it looks wonderful at the side of the canal it is a problem because it will eventually wipe out other native plants that grow there and, because it dies back completely in the winter, can cause erosion of the canal banks.

It does have one redeeming feature though. At this time of year the seed pods are full of seeds and if you so much as touch one they burst forth with such power as to make you jump even though you expect the force of it. Popping these seed pods gives even more enjoyment than popping bubble wrap.


  1. How cool!
    On our vacation, we were asked to wash our shoes to prevent the spread of exotic invasives!
    Coming from Kudzu country, we were happy to oblige!

  2. Well, sissy, had to Google Kudzu - I've learnt a lot -thanks, it sounds looks like a very beautiful but totally invasive plant.