Impatiens in the waterfall

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    The impatiens in my waterfall were done - got a touch of frost last week - so I pulled them out today. The size of these stalks is amazing - they really like being in the water. I filled a 50 gallon yard waste bin from 5 plants.

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    here impatiens come back every year ,They can get out of control if you let them .I guess we do not get enough snow to kill them or cold weather
     
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    Mine are still blooming, I'm so grateful I learned that they can be grown in water!
     
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    I've grown them in my waterfall a couple of times, and their growth is astounding (just pull them from their original pot, rinse off the soil and tuck their roots up under the rocks). But my problem every time is the roots of the impatiens growing far back into the nooks and crannies of the stacked-rock waterfall (loose flagstone with a slight tilt toward the pond) and wicking water away from the pond. I've noticed once the plants really get going by mid-summer, the water level in the pond has to be raised every day. The rare plant that I wish grew a tad slower...
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    So guessing you could take a few indoors for the winter and stick them in some water to save till next year?
     
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    I grow them bare roots as well, I'm glad I don't have your problem with losing water
     
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    Not me @j.w - they're too cheap to buy for me to bother trying to keep them alive all winter. I'm not much of an indoor gardener - too lazy!
     
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    Wow, that is some impressive stems @Lisak1 . I planted some this year in the pond, but they were a miserable lot. I can only assume that they starved. Needed more fish poo, and my fish are still little.
     
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    Are these regular impatiens or the new guinea variety? Would love to try these in my window bogs.
     
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    These are the regular impatiens. I have planted the New Guinea as wells the SunPatiens in the waterfall - both did great.

    Here they are in their full glory a few weeks ago. Gosh, my waterfall is in there, I promise! Between the impatiens and the watercress, you'd never know it! The one you see at the very top seeded itself from a few years ago - I've never had that happen before. The ones I planted were the kind that come in the very tiny packs - I like starting with the small ones because they're easier to tuck between the rocks.


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    WOW! Those are huge!
     
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    Gorgeous!
     
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    These were just added a month before the pic was taken, they're growing but I doubt they'll ever be as big as yours, LisaK
     

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    What is the name of the long leafed plants to the right of the impatiens?
     
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    That's an iris - one of @addy1 babies all grown up!
     
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    Is it growing in water?
     
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    It is! I "planted" it by sticking it in between two rocks, root end in the water. It was just a three or four leaf fan when I got it. Didn't take long for it to take off. I've divided it three or four times already - and by "divide" I mean attack it with a spade and hope to emerge the victor! Irises can really get out of hand if you aren't careful.
     
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    Love the plantings in your pond @Lisak1 !
     
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    You mean "Welcome to the jungle!" Haha! it's amazing how much things can grow in a few short months, isn't it?? I mean, look at this picture from March - nothing! Warm weather causes an explosion in my back yard!
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    I always refer to your pond pictures when I want to add plants to and around my pond.
     
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