Monday, September 27, 2010


“Self-sown flowers provide a lot of serendipity, which is one of the reasons people garden. When they come up, it's a delight.”

Love these little self-sown impatiens!


jo©o said...

Makes one feel wanted, doesn't it:
having plants decide that this is a worthy place for reproduction.
I am always pathetically grateful to find a seedling, even if it is entirely in the wrong place and needs stepping over for years to come.

Mind you, Impatiens seedlings are a cut above the rest. I am merely thinking primroses, violets and the odd lobelia.

What will you do with the seedlings now that winter is coming closer. They are great as houseplants That is how I first knew them. You can delight a lot of your friends with a cheery winter gift.

Meredehuit ♥ said...

so true! love that quote!

troutbirder said...

Yes indeed. I count on this seredipity especially in the wildflower gardens you never know what will come up where. :)

Rosey said...

That's a good surprise! I love when that happens. It makes my day, as I am sure these impatiens did for you.

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

I've never had self seeded impatiens. How nice. I don't think mine have ever made seeds. I try to take cuttings or overwinter then inside. We'll see if I have room for them this year as mine grew quite large.

Rebecca @ In The Garden said...

What lovely seedlings, they must be very happy in your garden to self seed so readily. Lucky you!

Ginny said...

I have had self-sown impatiens all over my garden for two or three years and I love them! I even have them growing out of cracks in my brick steps. Yes, serendipity in the garden is a delight!

Kate said...

Oh, how true. It's very sunny here, so no impatiens for me. Mine are the columbines who've decided to call every spot in this yard a happy home. (Including a few cracks in ye olde sidewalk...)

Jim Groble said...

We have some impatiens growing in the back of the yard no where near where we planted them in pots. It's always a treat. we also have vinca that that just popped up.

Nutty Gnome said...

I love it when seeds self-set as it saves me from having to plant them!:)

Patsi said...

I get one or two....you've got tons.
What a nice happy surprise.

Gail said...

I can't keep impatiens alive and it self sows in your garden! HA! gail

Shady Gardener said...

Jo, I've never had impatiens indoors. I'll try it! :-)

Merehuit, :-)

Troutbirder, I think it's even better when prairie wildflowers self-seed!

Rosey, They did! (over and over all summer)

Gardener, You're the second person that's mentioned bringing them indoors...

Rebecca and Ginny, :-)

Kate, I understand, too, about those columbines. It seems to be the native wild columbines that really "go crazy!"

Jim, And doesn't it bring a smile?

Liz, ::-))

Patsi, Who knows? (I do have a lot of shade.)

Gail, That's what makes gardening interesting!! ha.