Part 4 of My Impatiens and Other Flowers of Summer

Bob Jensen at Trinity University 


Although we have quite a few perennials (lilies, phlox, bleeding hearts, peonies, wild roses, etc.), I'm disappointed
in perennials that are mere flashes in the pan for a few weeks. I've experimented with various longer-blooming annuals and
have come to relish the New Guinea Impatiens otherwise known as Impatiens for the Sun. They are blooming slightly when
I plant them in June and in about six weeks they are blooming magnificently for until the first heavy freeze in October.

It was a good year for my New Guinea Impatiens in the Summer of 5015
They bloomed from June to October, although we had a freeze in early October than killed them off
I then dig them up and haul them to the landfill

This is what blankets my New Guinea Impatiens beds in the winter
In the winter I have impatience for impatiens (yeah, so I'm not a poet)


Whereas  perennials are flashes in the pan and Erika's roses come and go, each NG Impatiens bush blooms
continually all summer long. And impatiens blooms are not troubled by Japanese beetles that make ugly holes in rose blossoms.


I have to fill our living room with impatiens in May since its too cold to plant them before June


This is what the seedlings become in July --- and they prosper marvelously until October


Here's a perennial peony bush that blooms about two weeks in early July amongst the  impatiens weedlings



And a polka weigela bush that blooms for over a month among the steady impatiens

Wild Johnnie Jumpups pop up in the darndest places all summer long
Some years I'm tempted just to have a no-cost garden of these purple and yellow Jonnie Jumpups



I planted four of these Japanese red maples that we admired at a B&B garden alongside the ocean near Camden, Maine
I will eventually bend and twist them so they do not grow so tall
Beside this one is a new wild cranberry bush that now is laden (in November) with cranberries for the birds of winter


This is the Japanese red maple in the Spouter Inn's garden just north of Camden, Maine


This was my presentation by our front walk in 2012


This was my blue and white walkway presentation beside our driveway in 2015


Each year our wild roses grow taller and thicker over the rail fence in our front lawn
Fortunately the Japanese beetles that prey upon Erika's domestic roses have no interest in wild roses
The biggest job for me is pruning out the dead wild rose limbs in May
The wild roses bloom almost two months every summer


The wild rose blooms eventually transform into wild rose fruit called rose hips
The rose hips look like tiny red apples, but only the deer like to eat rose hips


Among the earliest blooming perennials of summer are the phlox in our rock garden


Erika insists on having her domestic roses
So it's her job to pluck the Japanese beetles off the blooms every day
She does pretty well (in pain) after 15 spine surgeries


The first hard freeze usually comes in late October
October was actually quite warm in 2015, but there was an early impatiens killer freeze in the first week of October


Down the road about two miles is our recycling and landfill site where my NG Impatiens lie in wait of being mulched
After being ground up by a big machine the mulch is free for the taking at our landfill
In this way next year's impatiens will root beneath last year's impatience mulch


This is what blankets my New Guinea Impatiens beds in the winter while they await last year's mulch
and next year's seedlings while the earth sleeps beneath the blanket of snow



 New Guinea Impatiens ---

Impatiens hawkeri is a New Guinea Impatiens species that is one of the sources for the popular New Guinea hybrid impatiens. It was the first of the New Guinea species, collected in Papua in 1884 by Lt. Hawker R. N. It was popular in the 19th century as a greenhouse plant. After its discovery, fifteen further New Guinea species were discovered, which were later determined to be different forms of I. hawkeri.

Impatiens ---

Impatiens is a genus of about 8501,000 species of flowering plants, widely distributed throughout the Northern Hemisphere and tropics. Together with Hydrocera triflora, impatiens make up the family Balsaminaceae.

Common names include impatiens, jewelweeds, touch-me-nots, and, for I. walleriana) in Great Britain, "Busy Lizzie", as well as, ambiguously, balsams. As a rule-of-thumb, "jewelweed" is used exclusively for Nearctic species, "balsam" is usually applied to tropical species, and "touch-me-not" is typically used in Europe and North America)

Impatiens --- My Favorite Annual

The Seasonal Life Cycle of Bob Jensen's Impatiens
Part 1:  May-June

Erika's Roses and the Seasonal Life Cycle of Bob Jensen's Impatiens
Part 2:  July-August 

My Favorite Annuals in My Gardens --- New Guinea Impatiens

Also see Summertime ---

Roses --- Domestic

Set 1 of Erika's Roses ---

Set 2 of Erika's Roses --- 

Roses --- Our Wild Roses

Set 1 of Wild Roses ---
Also see  ---

Set 2 of Wild Roses ---

Summertime Favorites

Set 1 --- 

Set 2 --- 

Set 3 ---

Set 4 ---


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Historic Barn Etchings Tell Tale of Hard-Working Children --- Click Here

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Photographs of Vergennes (Oldest Village in Vermont)

Historic Barn Etchings Tell Tale of Hard-Working Children --- Click Here


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