I'm a dichotomy of blue jeans, pretty jewelry, frugalista, and Southern girl living the simple rural life. I want to live my life holistically, thoughtfully, economically, and most of all gratefully, and encourage other women to do the same.
Last summer, I wrote about the terrible disease that plagued all the beautiful impatiens in our part of the country. They all died, and local garden centers suggested it would be years before we had the opportunity to buy a new hybrid of impatiens that were impervious to this disease.
I have been using begonias to fill in for the last two years, but it's just not the same. Begonias are beautiful; in fact, their foliage is more showy than impatiens' leaves. But I want tons of flowers, man!
So as my begonias try their best to become a bounteous eye-feast in my deck planters, I captured a sight that warmed my heart just a little.
A lone impatien refusing to succumb to disease. It was a volunteer from last year that popped up halfway through this year's growing season, surpassing the begonias by several inches.