Q: SEVERAL years ago you wrote in your column that you had been to Charlie
Thigpen’s garden and saw yellow impatiens growing in his garden. It seems
like you even mentioned stealing some from him. Well I have since then
looked for these in all my garden stores in my area of Central Florida with
no luck. I did finally speak with one garden center owner who said that 6
small pots did come in. They were snatched up immediately by some very lucky
gardener. What happened to the yellow impatiens that I thought would surely
take over in the garden world? Please, please email an answer to this
question or I am going to have to track down Charlie!!! Thanks for any
help you can give in advance.
Sincerely, Audrey Williams
A: Hi Audrey,
Please don’t track down Charlie. He is already being chased by the FBI, ATF
and IRS (I told him not to deduct his still as a business expense.)
The impatiens you like is called ‘Jungle Gold.’ It’s about as hard to find
nowadays as real gold, because the growers don’t like growing it. It takes
longer in the greenhouse to become a saleable plant and that costs them
money and money talks. About the closest thing to it is ‘Fusion Glow’
impatiens from the Simply Beautiful line of plants developed by Ball Seed.
It features cupped yellow blooms with orange blotches in the center. It’s
less compact than many other impatiens and grows about 18 inches tall.
Unfortunately, I don’t know who has it in your area.