Flowers #16E, 16G, 16C & 16D

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Impatiens, Latin for impatient, is a genus of approximately eight hundred and fifty to one thousand species of flowering plants.  Native to tropical Africa, Impatiens, sometimes called Busy Lizzies or Touch-Me-Nots, are actually a sensitive perennial, however they are mostly grown as an annual plant flowering from early summer until the first fall frost.  Grown as a perennial in milder climates, these plants can flower year round.  One of the most popular garden plants because of their beauty and ease of care, Impatiens also make an excellent container plant.

So named because their mature seed pod will burst open from even the slightest touch, Impatiens grow their optimum in a well-drained, but moist soil, thriving best in filtered or partial sunlight with adequate protection from the hot afternoon sun, which will cause the plant to wilt.  Though some species can reach a height of seven feet, most are not more that one-foot tall.  The Impatien bloom now come in a variety of colors including white, pink, red, violet, purple, orange and yellow.

If I am fortunate to have you view my photographs and you find the color saturation too much or the color schemes of the mats do not match either themselves or the photograph, please let me know via a comment.  Being color-blind, what might look great to me might look like crap to everyone else!

Steven H. Spring

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