Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Impatiens morsei 'Velvetia' -- Amazing......

I do not hate all Impatiens. After so many years of reviling Impatiens -- relegating them to the trash heap of ubiquitous gardening commonality --I have found that there is one that is not only acceptable, it is absolutely gorgeous -- Not only does it have sinuous velvety green ovate leaves with a pronounced pink stripey vein right down the middle, it has an extraordinary spotted flower that bounces from a wiry stem and looks all the world like a provocative lady slipper orchid, only sexier. I bought it in East Hampton at Jason Speilberg's, but it's from the great grower Dennis Schrader of Hot Plants for Cool Climates fame

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