But early last week I went out one morning and noticed that a couple of my Impatiens looked drastically different than I remembered them looking the day before. They were crispy, and completely dried out, as if something sucked the life out of them. I watered them extra and kept watch. Only a few days went by before you could look out from the living room window and not see any green where they had been. They were completely dead. And two more right in front of them were beginning to look crispy as well.
But--I had a clue. These four Impatiens were the only plants in my entire garden to receive full sunlight for about an hour each day. Everything else got filtered light through the tree. Ironically, this little patch of sunny space was the part I was least concerned about. Plants need sun, most of my garden receives very little, this patch receives a little more than the rest, therefore plants in this spot should grow better. Apparently not. And it's not like Impatiens don't like sun, everything I read about them just said that they're okay with shade too. But I guess overhead Australian sunlight is just too much to handle.
Today I finally took out the dead Impatiens (which was not hard, they basically disintegrated in my hands) and planted a few Geraniums and what I think is a species of Daisy from the back garden that I remembered Allie saying liked a lot of sun. So we'll see. The skeptic in my says in another two weeks I will have killed off another couple of plants and will need to go to the garden store to get one of those desert hardy plants that I saw advertised.
Not sure if you can tell, but in the back are two barely recognizable Impatiens. One of the front two was salvageable, and I moved it to a shadier spot in the garden.
One of the dead Impatiens.
The new plants. The possible Daisy thing is on the left. If anyone knows what it is exactly, I'd be much obliged.