Nasturtiums!

IMG_3260Nasturtiums are such a common garden flower I almost didn’t consider adding any to my garden! But, I read somewhere that chickens like to snack on the flowers….and well, you all know how I feel about the girls! That and the fact that they are wonderful to garnish summer tomato dishes and salads made me do a little research to see what new kinds might be available since I sold flowers seeds as a kid!

After checking out seed catalogs and online seed sellers I decided on “Little Firebirds” from Renee’s Garden. “Coral, pumpkin & burgundy flowers float above variegated foliage. Perfect in beds or baskets” it said on the package…what’s not to love! And, they lived up to the description both last year and this year!

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I love the variegated foliage almost as much as the flowers! But the color of the flowers is a great selling point!

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They are easy to plant, pop up quickly and though a few plants self sowed around a barrel I had them in they were not at all invasive.

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I had my little grands help me sow them since the seeds are large and easy to handle.  I tried to teach them how to snip the tip and suck out the sweet “honey” the way I did as a child. One gave it a try but the other….well, lets just say she’s more cautious!

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In a basket, in beds, in a barrel or just out in the garden these are really nice and I’d recommend giving them a try! My chicken coop is much cuter with these cheery flowers out in front!

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  4 Replies to “Nasturtiums!”

  1. Cathy
    May 10, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Those are GORGEOUS nasturtiums. Yes I most definitely WILL give them a try at some point! Thanks for the heads up!!!

    • dljones
      June 8, 2016 at 11:08 am

      They are pretty are’t they! Send a photo if you grow them Cathy! I’ll share it with others!

  2. TravelingTurtles
    May 10, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    They may be easy for you but they won’t grow for me. They must not be fond of heat and humidity. They do sprout and grow for about two weeks and then just shrink away. Too bad because Grabdma grew them and I love them. Sweet Peas have trouble here too because we go from our last frost to hot in just about two weeks time (or so it seems). Thanks for the post! They are lovely to see.

    • dljones
      June 8, 2016 at 11:15 am

      Everytime we think of moving to another state thats my first thought… what grows there! Hope you can find a way… maybe way earlier when its cooler? Good luck!

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