I love nasturtiums; their rich jewelled colours, in hot orange
vivid yellow, some plain, some jazzed up with orange spots
and in velvety luscious red
I love their distinctive foliage; some plain, some marbled
and the jagged petals on this one.
While waiting for the rest of our garden to be accessible, I am biding my time, slipping as many flowers into the vegetable patch as I can get away with. Under cover of companion planting and edibility (hyssop, marigold, nasturtiums) and attracting beneficial wildlife (sweet peas, sunflowers, echinace purpurea) I am cramming as much colour as I can into our already over subscribed beds.
Nasturtiums always surprise me with the speed and distance at which they ramble across the beds, and I do find myself pinching out the occasional wandering arm to keep them in check. But their bright colours always raise a smile as I look across the vegetable garden in summer.
Nasturtium: Tropaeolum majus ‘Alaska Mixed’