We had a power interruption for six hours today. Something to do with the need to lop branches from trees and they had to turn us off while they did it.
Fizz and I went for a walk in the forest and we got lost. It was one of those times when we didn’t need to take a compass, we won’t be going that far.
We took a wrong turn and wandered for about an hour and while we were wandering we came across this little beauty.
This isn’t a very good depiction of the habit. Himalayan Balsam normally grows eight to ten feet tall in huge stands. It is an invasive non-native species usually found on river banks where it smothers all the native plants. It spreads quickly along rivers because the seed pods have an explosive action that throws the seeds up to twenty feet from the parent plant and they are carried downstream to establish themselves further along the express way.
Almost every country in the world has a problem with Himalayan Balsam.
It is a very pretty flower.
It is probably just being pretty that has caused all of the problems. It was originally brought here as a garden plant. People deliberately spread the seed into the wild. There are well documented cases of individuals who purposely spread seed along river banks and carried it to Ireland, just to spread the joy.
If it had stayed like the one that I am showing you today there would be no problem. A pretty solitary little wildflower to find once in a while on a woodland walk.
It doesn’t stay like this, it is a monster unleashed and our poor little Bramble and Bracken and Nettles just can’t cope with it.