Part 5 of My New Guinea Impatiens and Other Flowers of Summer

Bob Jensen at Trinity University 


It's been a cool and cruel Spring of 2018 with my tractor spending 10 days in the shop awaiting repair parts.
I've had trouble with an enormous bear that keeps tearing down my hummingbird feeders in both the south and north sides of our cottage
He seems to be fearless and arrives by day and by night
For the third year in a row he's ripped a panel off our south deck where, in some year past, there must have been a bee nest with a lingering sweet smell

Here's a mountain picture (zoomed) that I recently shot from my desk


While sitting at my desk I snapped a picture of a tow airplane pulling a glider in front of Cannon Mountain


This week I will feature my favorite annual --- New Guinea Impatiens (NGIs) also known as Impatiens for the Sun
This is a hearty annual that for me blooms when planted in June to the first hard freeze in October
As long as you give them lots of water they're easy to care for without need for a lot of dead heading
More importantly the countless Japanese beetles that plague our domestic roses (not wild roses) do not bother my NGIs

This week I will first show you the NGIs that I just put into the ground in June 2018
Then I will follow with my NGIs over the years --- I really love NGIs

These years I buy large NGIs to put into the ground
Below are the NGIs just after I placed them on both sides of the pond
Also shown are some lilacs and some a small rhododendron bush in the pond garden (south)





The pond garden also has a polka weigela bush that's being crowded out by a lilac bush



In our rock garden (west) you can see fading phlox near the bottom of the photograph and summer-long NGIs at the top (beneath the lilacs)


It was a hard winter, and our two spiraea hedges in the front garden (north) died
So this spring I tore out the hedges and put in two stone planters for my NGIS



These are two French and very aromatic lilac bushes in the east side of our cottage
These bushes are especially popular for butterflies



Also on the east side two years ago I replaced a dead cranberry bush with two Japanese maple trees
One took off faster than the other one





 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)


Now I will show you an assortment of my earlier-year NGIs (mostly photographs you've not seen before)
















All good things come to an end
This is what happens to my NGIs after the first hard mountain freeze in October
I have to dig them up and haul them off to a mulch pile in our recycling center



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  

Part 3:   Life Cycle of Bob Jensen's Impatiens (dead and gone after the first freeze)

Part 4: Photographs of My Impatiens and Other Flowers of Summer    

Part 5: Photographs of My Impatiens and Other Flowers of Summer      




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Seven Mile Ford Farm (Wes Lavin) ---

Photographs of Vergennes (Oldest Village in Vermont)

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

What Goes on in a Garden? ---

Photographs of Vergennes (Oldest Village in Vermont)

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


On May 14, 2006 I retired from Trinity University after a long and wonderful career as an accounting professor in four universities. I was generously granted "Emeritus" status by the Trustees of Trinity University. My wife and I now live in a cottage in the White Mountains of New Hampshire ---

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