Saturday, April 23, 2011

My Flowers and I (Nasturtiums) - Maree

As I work among my flowers, I find myself talking to them, reasoning and remonstrating with them, and adoring them as if they were human beings. Much laughter I provoke among my friends by so doing, but that is of no consequence. We are on such good terms, my flowers and I.

- Celia Thaxter, 1835-1894

Orange Nasturtiums in my garden this summer - Seeing Lin Frye's article on her Nasturtiums, it reminded me to do a quick sketch of mine as they're already on their last legs! I was a bit disappointed in their turnout this year - I planted a couple of packets of seeds in various pots all over my garden, but for some reason they were very leggy en floppy. I think some were getting too much sun and some not enough! Oh my, but at least I've managed to gather some seeds from a couple of them.

Nasturtiums are a gardener's dream. They are virtually carefree once established, or so the packets say! Snails don't seem to be interested in them. They will even self-seed and come back the next year in mild climates. I look forward to their return each year; it signals that summer is here at last.

Go to "Blissful Housewife" for some great culinary uses of Nasturtiums, like this great starter, below - Nasturtium blossoms stuffed with a mixture of cream cheese or ricotta cheese, chives and pesto.

"Just looking at nasturtiums can make you smile - eating them might even make you giggle!"


  1. What a lovely little picture. Nasturtiums do make me smile.


  2. hmmm, never tried nasturtiums. Not quite warm enough here to plant outside. I'll have to see if they fit for this climate. One thing I do, is to talk to my plants, :) , as well now trying to draw them.

  3. Thanks for that Vicki, they also make me smile!

  4. Hi Novice, you really should give it a try, planting AND eating them! glad you're sketching as well, that's great!


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