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Seeds of Wisdom

  • "It is always exciting to open the door and go out into the garden for the first time on any day." Marion Cran
  • "When in the fresh mornings I go into my garden before anyone is awake, I go for the time being into perfect happiness." Celia Thaxter
  • "If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." Cicero
  • "He who owns a garden, However small it be, Whose hands have planted in it Flower or bush or tree; He who watches patiently The growth from nurtured sod, Who thrills at newly opened bloom Is very close to God." Katherine Edelman
  • "Like a big mountain, a small garden stimulates, restores, and delights us, just as it poses challenges, promotes mastery, provides exercise and relieves monotony." Winifred Gallagher
  • "Though an old man I am but a young gardener." Thomas Jefferson
  • "A garden is never so good as it will be next year." Thomas Cooper
  • "Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as canvas." Eizabeth Murray
  • "God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done." Author Unknown


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I adore double impatiens. They look like miniature roses :)


That is indeed a beautiful plant! I will put in on my next years wish list.


Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Felicia and Connie. These are definitely a very happy discovery and a new favorite!


I read your comment from a year ago that you havent had good fortune with impatiens, so I thought I'd share a couple tips. I plant 8 or 10 flats of impatiens every year in a couple of beds where I want a riot of color in front of two buildings.

First I bust open several bags of Miracle Grow planting mix, to a depth of 3 inches or so. I also add some pelletized Miracle Grow fertilizer, though I've been known to overdo that. The plants are tiny, of course, coming from flats of 36 or 48 plants, and I plant closely-probably 4 or 5 inches apart. Then I commence to water. (You cannot overwater impatiens-they will actually grow in plain water-a friend explained how he shook off all the dirt and 'planted' impatiens in his pond and the Chicago Botanic gardens did a similar thing in the river there.) I water almost every day for a week or two, then get lazy and let nature take its course. If they get the slightest bit droopy from lack of water, it's time to bring out the hose. I also hit them with Miracle Gro blue water occasionally. My dad does this every two weeks and his impatiens get thigh high by the end of the summer in South Carolina. There he plants impatiens in the shade. Here in Illinois, we can plant them in full sun.
Container impatiens do well also, as long as they get enough water. But impatiens really shine planted out in beds.
I hope you'll give impatiens another try. Lots of water and Miracle Grow, that's the ticket.

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