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Re: OT: Impatiens

Mark asked:

<<  Do many of you all grow Impatiens? ... 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.  >>

Sultanas?? Are you talking about Balsam, otherwise known as Impatiens
balsamina (Linn.)? Odd thing not unlike a snapdragon in some respects with
camellia-form flowers that grow right out of the stem? Toothed lanceolate
leaves? Mostly warm pinks, shrimps, reds, some violets? If so, you don't need
to get a pot of them even at those enchanting prices. The seeds are available
in many catalogs but I picked mine up at the hardware store in one of those
seed pack displays that have ineffably neat old-time stuff for ten cents a
pack. Easier to grow from seed than Nasturtiums and they will take hot and dry
without missing a beat. This is a really old garden plant, known to Gerard in
1596.  If this isn't what you are talking about keep an eye out at the
hardware store for some Balsam seeds anyway.

Anner Whitehead, Richmond, VA
Henry Hall henryanner@aol.com

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