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Old 05-18-2009, 11:18 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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You inspired me, DE, and I got out there today and got all the Impatiens planted that I bought last week but couldn't plant because it's been raining and got the pots tidied and soil turned over and fertilizer added (no digging in the yard but a lot of big wine barrels and tubs and huge pots).
And potted stuff up for the plant swap next weekend.
I came in pooped and plopped down in front of the TV to be greeted by the news that we've got a freeze warning for tonight.
The impatients are on their own. I'm not covering them up or hauling them all in.

 
Old 05-19-2009, 06:57 PM
 
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You inspired me, DE, and I got out there today and got all the Impatiens planted that I bought last week but couldn't plant because it's been raining and got the pots tidied and soil turned over and fertilizer added (no digging in the yard but a lot of big wine barrels and tubs and huge pots).
And potted stuff up for the plant swap next weekend.
I came in pooped and plopped down in front of the TV to be greeted by the news that we've got a freeze warning for tonight.
The impatients are on their own. I'm not covering them up or hauling them all in.
Did they make it? I love impatiens--next year I'm going to try some here.
 
Old 05-19-2009, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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They made it. They'll usually last well into the fall for me, until we have a really hard freeze but being new, I was worried.
I've got very shady growing conditions and they're really the only thing that will bloom for me.
I've found a local nursery that carries a lot of different kinds and colors and sizes. My favorites are the double impatiens with white and green varigated leaves. They look like minature roses.
 
Old 05-20-2009, 12:17 AM
 
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Did they make it? I love impatiens--next year I'm going to try some here.
Imatiens require lots of water.....
 
Old 05-20-2009, 06:34 AM
 
Location: DC Area, for now
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Imatiens require lots of water.....
Yes, they do and they need shade. I've brought in impatiens in pots to winter over successfully. They make a very nice, if messy, houseplant. I like the doubles too.
 
Old 05-20-2009, 08:54 AM
 
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Imatiens require lots of water.....
That's why I've never planted them here even though Home Depot/Lowes insists on selling tons of them. Now I have a garden that is in the shade and has clay which holds the water longer I might give it a try.
 
Old 05-20-2009, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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Put them in pots. I plant mine with Moisture Max potting soil I get at Lowes. It's got those little crystals in it that hold water. Mine do best in the plastic pots. I've got a couple of those cheap round ones that they look really cute in.
This is front and back garden at the condo from a couple of years ago. Things have gotten bigger. I love the water gardens. So easy to care for. No weeding, no watering and birds love them. I'd posted the photos after a plant swap when I had been telling people that you didn't need a big pond to have a water garden. A friend from the swap had helped me set those up the year before.
Garden Fall 2007
Everything in bloom in is an impatien. The varigated doubles are in the hanging baskets in the front.
 
Old 05-20-2009, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Winter Park FL
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Put them in pots. I plant mine with Moisture Max potting soil I get at Lowes. It's got those little crystals in it that hold water. Mine do best in the plastic pots. I've got a couple of those cheap round ones that they look really cute in.
This is front and back garden at the condo from a couple of years ago. Things have gotten bigger. I love the water gardens. So easy to care for. No weeding, no watering and birds love them. I'd posted the photos after a plant swap when I had been telling people that you didn't need a big pond to have a water garden. A friend from the swap had helped me set those up the year before.
Garden Fall 2007
Everything in bloom in is an impatien. The varigated doubles are in the hanging baskets in the front.
Knoxgarden; your garden is just perfect! I love all the pots, water garden, green, and flowers. Impatiens are one of my favorite and it does grow here in abundance in areas in Central Florida - especially the older areas in Winter Park and Orlando that have huge oak trees that provide lots of shade. As to water, well we have that in abundance too right now. Has been raining nonstop, hard and steady for the last three days. We desperately needed the rain. It feels nice to have gray skies, rainy days - nice and cozy. But I'm beginning to think I'm living in the Pacific Northwest. I could see how months of this might get depressing. But for now our water levels are coming up, lakes and ponds that have been noticeable lower are now coming back up and everything is turning greener than ever!
 
Old 05-20-2009, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Sarasota Florida
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Default Speaking of flowers........

http://www.city-data.com/forum/membe...r-ive-been.jpg

Here's my one remaining rhododendron ! There used to be two more, but my neglect caused their demise during my first year on the property

 
Old 05-20-2009, 09:52 PM
 
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Love the garden pictures. I love rhododendrons-can't grow them here.
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