When I first saw the Balloon Flower, I really didn't pay it much attention. It had nice foliage through the spring while so many other flowers were shooting up tight knots of buds that burst into blooms. But then, in June, the buds began to form on the Balloon flower. They were pale green, light and airy and absolutely living up to it's name. It's so unique and lovely to watch. After taking notice, I was looking forward to them and waited all through the spring for the buds the form. The sweet balloon buds are a real delight to have in the garden. The buds can be popped open when lightly squeezed which makes them a favorite with kids as well. The blooms are large and have a vibrant blue-violet color. They last well into August.