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Judy Johnson
Impatiens offer bright colors and non-stop blooms.

In your garden 2010: The winner

Judy Johnson
Judy Johnson
The winning photo.

I like to plant impatiens each year because they continuously bloom all summer long and are loaded with flowers. I plant numerous impatiens plants in the front of our house and several potted impatiens near our back door.

I have always been told that impatiens are to be planted in shady areas, but I have always planted them in sunny areas and they grow very well as long as you give them plenty of water.

Each year I like to change the colors that I plant. Last summer I purchased landscaping bricks and also created a raised flower bed in the front corner of our lot along the street to also plant more impatiens. When driving down the street you can see this flower bed from quite a distance down the street.

Growing up I participated in the flowers project in 4-H which is where I developed a love for gardening and growing flowers. Therefore, when I purchased my own home I would continue my desire for growing flowers.

What I like best about gardening is that it allows me to be outside working in my yard. It also gives me a great feeling when I am out working in the yard and total strangers will stop by just to tell me how much they enjoy seeing my flowers when they walk or drive by.

Lastly, I would like to thank everyone who voted for my photo.

Judy Johnson lives on South Main Street in Churubusco.

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Journey through gardening season with Rosa Salter Rodriguez (feature writer), Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer), Frank Noonan (copy editor) and Cathie Rowand (photographer)