I subscribe to Ontario Gardner and every Saturday morning I always receive a wonderful newsletter from them and I found this one to fit in just perfect for the way I've been feeling lately "Blue". So I am sharing with you today. Must get my hands on the blue impatien. Thank you Ontario Gardner, now my spirits are starting to rise considering it's snowing again.
Ten Neat Things about Blue
1. Blue impatiens. Impatiens namchabarwensis is a semi-woody, branching, one-foot tall plant with delicate true-blue blooms that was discovered in a small region of the Himalayas in 2003. Today I received notice that Dominion Seeds has a limited selection of plants available for purchase by mail order. It's a tender perennial, so you could either treat it as an annual or, given the $15 apiece price tag, try overwintering the fleshy roots indoors.
3. Bluest blues. Blue is the most difficult colour to breed into plants. Blue pigments have a tendency to shift toward pink, purple and red in different pH levels.
8. Blue for spring. Blue is the colour of grape hyacinths, one of the loveliest flowers of spring. It looks stunning against the bright yellow of daffodils.
9. Blue for shade, blue for sun. Many blue flowers are shade tolerant. Some examples: forget-me-not, browallia, Siberian bugloss, periwinkle, Jacob's ladder, some pulmonarias, baptisia, and violets. For sun, try Victoria Blue salvia, many veronicas, many campanulas, delphimium, blue flax, blue pansies, many cranesbills, blue asters, nemophila (baby blue eyes), convolvulus, and borage to name just a few. Lobelia prefers part shade.