Well, folks, it aint a hydrangea!
North East England, United Kingdom
A few weeks ago I posted a photo of a mystery plant that had sprung up in an old pot of compost, and asked if anyone could identify it, the general concensus being that it could be a hydrangea. I was really pleased because I'd had a hydrangea the year before in an identical pot and I thought it had died, so I presumed that this was it. Well, it isn't! The original photo I posted is on the left, but now the plant has produced these fantastic buds, which don't look like any hydrangea I've seen. Up until yesterday I still didn't know what it was, but when I was in B&Q last night, browsing the plants, I came across something called a balloon flower, and my plant looks exactly the same! Now that it's got these buds, can anyone confirm that this is what it is? It's a mystery to me how it got there, I don't remember ever having one of these before, and if it's seeded itself somehow then it managed to get slap bang in the middle of the pot (that's the only reason I didn't discard it as a weed originally!) I'd be grateful also if anyone could tell me a little bit about balloon flowers.
- 14 Jul, 2009