{floral friday}

{floral friday #65}

Welcome to this week's {floral friday}!

We went to the garden center a couple of weeks ago and I saw these cute balloon flowers. I just couldn't leave the store without getting a pot of them and sharing them with you. I fell in love with the little buds that resemble hot air balloons and the beautiful blueish purple blooms!

A few facts about the balloon flower:

  • The scientific name of the balloon flower is Platycodon grandiflorus.
  • Depending upon the region, it is also referred to as Chinese bellflower, Japanese bellflower, or common balloon flower.
  • It is native to East Asia (such as China, Korea, Japan, and East Siberia) and bears big, blue flowers, although varieties with white and pink flowers are in cultivation.
  • In Korea, the plant is known as doraji (도라지) and its root, either dried or fresh, is a popular ingredient in salads and traditional cuisine. {source}
  • Balloon flower is used in traditional Chinese formulas to relieve diarrhea, constipation, bloating, low energy levels and damage from parasites.
  • The herb balloon flower is also used for its expectorant qualities to dilate the bronchi. {source}

I'm partying here! ♥

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39 Comments

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    Jessi
    Friday July 6th, 2012 at 08:26 AM

    Aah I love it, they totally look like balloons! Super cute :-)

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      Jessi
      Thursday July 12th, 2012 at 06:21 PM

      Yay, thanks for sharing these at The Fun In Functional!

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    Lizzie
    Friday July 6th, 2012 at 09:53 AM

    These are really lovely photos and I can say that I am really inspired when I see those.. Now I want to go out and look for some nice flowers to take a picture of.. Thanks!

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    I am LOVD
    Friday July 6th, 2012 at 02:23 PM

    Gosh, you’ve got the best light! When do you take your photos for Floral Friday? What time of day?

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Sunday July 8th, 2012 at 11:11 PM

      Thank you, Lilly! :D
      I took these pictures in the afternoon. We live on the 4th floor and get light all day, especially in the kitchen. It’s hard to catch the right moment, though.
      Thank you for the compliment!
      Hugs! Vanessa

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    Nana Diana
    Friday July 6th, 2012 at 04:38 PM

    I love balloon flowers. My own are blooming right now, too, but they are pure white. I guess I didn’t realize they came in any color except white! Gorgeous- xo Diana

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Sunday July 8th, 2012 at 11:14 PM

      Ooh, I’m sure the white version looks gorgeous! Unfortunately they only had the blue ones at the garden center..
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Diana! :)
      XO! Vanessa

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    Gunilla
    Friday July 6th, 2012 at 09:11 PM

    Very pretty! Enjoy your weekend!

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    Tina´s PicStory
    Friday July 6th, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    thanks for your beautiful weekend flowers! :)

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    Andrea
    Saturday July 7th, 2012 at 02:10 AM

    I used to have these at my old house. They are such sweet little things!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Sunday July 8th, 2012 at 11:15 PM

      I have never seen them before, but fell in love right away. ;)
      Thank you for your comment, Andrea!
      xo! Vanessa

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    Seaweed & Raine
    Saturday July 7th, 2012 at 04:29 AM

    What a gorgeous little flower! I love that it has medicinal and edible qualities. Hope yours thrives for you. :)

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    Allison
    Saturday July 7th, 2012 at 06:23 AM

    I was JUST trying to figure out the name to these flowers. My father had them growing in his garden but only knew the Chinese name to them. Thanks for solving the mystery for me =D LOVE how cute these flowers are!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Tuesday July 10th, 2012 at 09:19 PM

      You’re are so very welcome! Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Allison!
      Have a wonderful day!
      xo! Vanessa

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    Kasia
    Saturday July 7th, 2012 at 07:20 AM

    Hi Vanessa! Found my way to your gorgeous blog! It’s beautiful and you write about so many interesting things. I’m also from northern part of Germany a small town bad bederkesa. For the last 16 years I’ve been living in Australia. I’ll definately b coming back here and if ur in my blog neighborhood pop in and say hi
    I’m at saymamia.blogspot.com

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Tuesday July 10th, 2012 at 09:25 PM

      Ooh, vielen lieben Dank für Dein Kommentar, Kasia! Wie schön ein weiteres Nordlicht zu treffen! :)
      Ich spring gleich mal rüber auf Deinen Teil des World-Wide-Web.
      Ganz liebe Grüße und eine tolle Woche wünsche ich!
      Vanessa

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    julie
    Saturday July 7th, 2012 at 07:28 AM

    Oh that little flower is so pretty, it really looks like a little balloon and the flower like a star its so pretty. Thanks for shareing and God bless you and yours. Have a great weekend :)

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Tuesday July 10th, 2012 at 09:27 PM

      Thank you so much for leaving such a sweet comment again, Julie! :)
      I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend as well and have a great week!
      xo! Vanessa

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    Winnie
    Saturday July 7th, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    Beautiful flowers and amazing photos!

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    Suzanne
    Sunday July 8th, 2012 at 02:30 PM

    I have never seen these before. They are really sweet. Love the ‘balloon bulbs’!

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    Diane @ home sweet homemade
    Sunday July 8th, 2012 at 04:16 PM

    Your garden shop has the most fabulous variety of blooming plants! I don’t believe I’ve ever seen this one before – it’s just the sweetest thing! Your garden collection must be so soothingly lovely! We’re finally investing in a bit of professional gardening consultation…perhaps by this time next year our gardens will look a thousand percent better. xo – diane

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Tuesday July 10th, 2012 at 11:26 PM

      Sometimes you gotta be lucky to find something cute at the garden center. I had never seen those balloon flower before, so I was really excited when I saw them. :)
      I can’t wait to see your updated garden! It looks beautiful already and I can’t image how stunning it will be after some professional help! :)
      I hope you’re doing well!
      Hugs! Vanessa

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    Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique
    Thursday July 12th, 2012 at 01:23 AM

    Very sweet little blooms. Thanks for sharing at Shabbilicious Friday

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    Jill
    Thursday July 12th, 2012 at 06:28 AM

    Another gorgeous flower Vanessa! I’ve never seen or heard of these ones before!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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    Shannah @ Just Us Four
    Thursday July 12th, 2012 at 08:11 PM

    Gorgeous. You take such amazing pictures.
    Thank you so much for linking up to the Pinworthy Projects Party!

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    Jennifer Dawn
    Thursday July 12th, 2012 at 09:06 PM

    Beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing! This is such a neat idea. I love all of the facts you presented.

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    Amie @ Pinkapotamus
    Sunday July 15th, 2012 at 01:32 PM

    These are gorgeous.. I just adore the sweet purple color! Thanks for sharing with the Pink Hippo!
    xoxo
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

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    Kathryn Griffin
    Monday July 16th, 2012 at 03:09 AM

    So pretty! Thank you for sharing this at Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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    Christine
    Monday July 16th, 2012 at 01:02 PM

    When I was little those were my favorite flowers!! LOVED how they were little gifts waiting to be opened!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality!

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    Debra
    Thursday July 19th, 2012 at 03:18 PM

    They are pretty and I had never seen them.

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