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Thursday, May 23, 2013


In this year of impatiens blight, gardeners are finding other annuals for summer color. Have I gone too far? In the four treewells in front of my building I planted New Guinea impatiens which are not affected by the downy mildew. They're big, bold, more expensive than the stricken Impatiens walleriana. The shocking fuchsia color drew me in. But wait, I already have purple and orange pansies there, planted to augment red tulips and yellow daffodils now long gone.
And I also bought coral/pink rieger begonias because I liked them. What a hodge-podge.

Three species, four colors. The green of the ripening bulb foliage separates them a little and gives the eye a respite from my impudence. What will happen when the foliage dies off and the pansies wilt in summer heat?  For once I'm not trying to control every detail and I love the accidental outcome.
Notice the top middle of this picture. The streets department has sprayed instructions in orange paint by the curb. How kind of of them to augment my raucous color scheme.


BFF Nana said...

And note the bright reflection of that neon orange on the car's door! Gotta love all that color.

Shady Gardener said...

It's a "Wake Up!" call - to enjoy! :-) Sunny beds can get away with things like this!! love it.

Anonymous said...

I love it!

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