Sunday, July 04, 2010

GROW Project: July Update

My GROW project nasturtium 'Spitfire' have come a looong way since last month! Here is one plant trying to keep up with the enormous veggies nearby...
...I'm not certain but this may be a flower bud.

And perhaps another one here. It's been so long since I've grown any type of nasturtium, I don't recall what the flowerbuds look like.

This 'Spitfire' is also competing with a squash for space....
....no blooms forming here, just more foliage.
None of the other nasturtiums I planted are blooming either. Not 'Alaska Mix'.....

...nor 'Tall Singles Mix'. Looks like it just isn't time for "nasty" blooms yet :)

"I'm growing Nasturtium "Spitfire" for the GROW project, thanks to Renee's Garden for the seeds."

11 comments:

MrBrownThumb said...

I would've bet good money on yours blooming before mine. I got Spitfire blooms and Moonlight. Although, the earwigs eat them as fast as they open.

lisa said...

Good thing you never placed that bet! :) I don't seem to have earwigs up here, so maybe my blooms will stay put once they arrive (fingers crossed!)

Colleen said...

It took a while for mine to get going, but once they did (about two weeks ago) they bloomed pretty steadily.

The one in your top photo is doing a good job of holding its own with the enormous veggies :-) I just love nasturtium foliage.

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Hi Lisa, my buds look more like flower buds, those may be leaf buds... but I wouldn't swear to it! It's so interesting to see how everyone else's nasties look.

lisa said...

Colleen-I'm hoping they bloom soon, but the foliage IS a nice addition to my plantings. I mostly wanted them as veggie companions anyhow, but since the blooms are said to be edible they could wind up in a salad :)

Monica-The differences with the various project participants sure are something! Maybe my soil has too much nitrogen, causing more foliage and fewer flowers? From the sound of the comments at GardenBloggers, I'd say nasties prefer poor soil. I should have just kicked some seeds under the gravel in the driveway, eh? :)

Anonymous said...

Wow, nice lush growth I'm seeing there!
v.

lisa said...

Thank you! :)

Annie in Austin said...

You're on the way, Lisa! Never had much luck with nasturtiums here in TX but they're such cool flowers should try them again.
I needed capers for a recipe and pickled nasturtium buds were suggested as a substitute... maybe you can try to make them?

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

lisa said...

The heat may get to them down there. I saw a capers recipe using nasturtiums, but I thought it was the seeds...?

Annie in Austin said...

Googled around and see both seeds and buds mentioned, but this one for the immature seedpod sounds super... http://sundayhotpants.nocturne.net.nz/post/427987543/nasturtium-lemon-butter

Also only way to get caper taste while eating local, I guess!

Annie

lisa said...

Thank you for looking that up! There were three terrific recipes at that link, and I want to try them all! :)