Do many of you all grow Impatiens? I am not thinking of the New
Guinea Strain or the modern "Elfin" or "Imp" (should be "Wimp") strains.
I am thinking of the old-fashioned Sultanas. The ones that are found in
old gardens in the south: The ones that are often two feet tall.
For several years, I had wondered if these grand old plants still
existed. The last time I had seen those was about 1975. This year, I saw
some. I saw them first growing under some of the trees at Rainbow Springs
State Park. Last week, I found a place that still sells this strain of
Impatiens. It is a Bait Shop here in Dunnellon. Although the sign says
"Bait Shop", beside the bait shop building, under a Live Oak Tree, are some
potted plants for sale, mostly 50 cents for a gallon pot start. There are
Hardy Begonias, Hydrangeas, Viburnums, Sultanas, Ferns, Pentas, African
Bleeding Hearts, Purple Hearts, and several others to be found there.
I found some of the Impatiens growing in some pots of African Bleeding
Heart (Clerodendron). These Impatiens are now in pots to themselves so I
can nurse them through the winter, then plant them in the soil. Come
spring, I know where to find this cherished type of Impatiens.
Mark A. Cook