Friday, November 5, 2010

Platycodon grandiflorus is still blooming in mid-October, 2010

balloon flower
I love everything about these flowers EXCEPT for the need to deadhead them if you don't want them to overtake the entire garden! They spread everywhere because I'm lazy about trimming the spent blossoms before they have gone to seed. Common names for this member of the Campanulaceae family include Balloon Flower, Chinese Bellflower and Japanese Bellflower.

If one DOES remember to cut them back once in awhile, they will continue to bloom into October and some of mine were blooming in the first week of November!


  1. What a pretty blue! I don't think I would mind if they were all over my garden...

  2. One of these days I will figure out how to use my macro lens, Victoria. And if that doesn't work, I'll know who to ask!


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