It's always a bonus to the gardener when our garden presents us with gifts we didn't sow. Is there something in your garden that peeps out at you by surprise from small places or maybe even large places without a thought of whether it was invited or not?
Around Hoe & Shovel the Impatiens are my gift. The soft and simple petals of this common annual are given to an array of colors from white to magenta and everywhere in between. Here they act like perennials if cut back a couple of times a year. Seeding themselves without a care and popping up in all sorts of places-- Impatiens are my impatient but graceful gift.
I've moved quite a few of them from the pathway (above) because once they flourish one cannot find the stones to keep their feet on the path. Transplanting them is easily done by lifting just under the plant in order to pick up the roots. Dig a small hole in a more sutiable location and gently tamp the soil around it. They will gladly move to another home and hardly skip a beat this time of year.
Impatiens make good little volunteers. If I ever have a needy area or a spot of ground missing some flowering activity I can always count on Impatiens to come to the rescue. They thrive and flourish just about anywhere in the shady parts of the garden. The cooler temperatures of this season really cause them to perk up from their bedraggled state from the long hot summer.
Here (above) you can see they have squeezed in between the shampoo ginger and the saw palmettos and decided to show up their pink outfits. One never knows not only where they will appear but the colors they wear is also a surprise. In this section of the front garden they flourish at the base of the forty foot live oaks clustered together to give them filtered sunlight in the afternoons.
The water-retaining properties of our humus soil seems to be the right food sufficient for them to prosper. In this part of the garden where I've never planted any Impatiens they've traveled all by themselves to the feet of the blue porterweed to keep them company.
Once in a while they wiggle their way into an unsuspecting container. Actually, now that I think about it, quite frequently this is the case. This self-sowing decision works out quite well for the gardener. Had I tried to plant one in this pot with the polka dot plant it most likely wouldn't have survived.
There really isn't enough soil in this small pot for all the sharing that's now required but the two of them must have worked out this problem on their own. They are co-habitating quite nicely.
More blush pinks settling in with the coleus and the purple queen. How did they know lavender would work so nicely in this bed?
Impatiens are not recommended by native plant enthusiast for our area due to their abundant requirements for water. I admit they do guzzle more than their share of water in the summertime. But honestly, they make such an easy flowering display every other season I keep telling myself it is worth the trouble in summer. And you can't beat the price or the stamina of these pretty little colorful flowers.
Even though they slip into some cracks and crevices where they force my hand to pluck them away ---most of the time they show up in the right places at the right time. Just about the time the last of the caladiums are fading away (above) up come the Impatiens to take the spotlight and fill in the empty spaces. It is not uncommon for Impatiens to grow in mounds waist high with their neighbors helping them to stand erect.
This gardener welcomes the volunteer spirit of Impatiens and gladly embraces their bounty. Much diligence is given to appropriate planting and nurturing all things growing. When the precious life cycle speaks out in soft lushness unattended it is a heavenly grace providing warm smiles of gardening contentment.
Make your day a happy one. Blessings to you, Meems