Do you happen to remember the little issue this summer in the tropical pathway. Nothing serious. The impatiens decided to seed themselves all around the seating area and then they grew up and kinda-sorta took over the seating area.
I didn't have the heart to clear them away even when they began to block the passageway. They were just so easy and I figured who was I to get in the way of volunteers that meant no harm? Eventually much later in the season I did pull them all out by the roots. I know. It pains me to say it but they got leggy and well, there was just no pathway left for passage until they were gone.
I was just saying this week how very much I appreciated all the impatien volunteers that are taking over the front area. I removed the last of the lawn there last spring and replaced it with Florida native mimosa strigillosa. Only I think it isn't getting enough sun so I'm not totally satisfied with its appearance. But that's another story.
Impatiens have randomly plopped into that spotty area with no help from me. My have they made a nice interim show through fall and winter. You might not be able to tell in the above photo but there is plenty of room in the pathway between these impatiens and the seating area.
After the freezing temperatures expected tonight I am fairly certain they will turn to mush by morning.
I will miss their cheeriness and their hardy ability to survive all on their own. Unless it freezes of course. They just can't take low temperatures.