6 thoughts on “FOTD 18th December 2022: Nasturtium

  1. My great grandfather gave me my first nasturtium seed before I was in kindergarten. They were my first experience with seed. I put them out in the garden as he instructed. They grew into healthy nasturtium plants that promptly bloomed. I was so pleased with the first yellow and orange flowers, but was then briefly saddened as they deteriorated after bloom. That did not last long. New flowers bloomed as readily as old flowers deteriorated. Then, these seed appeared where the first flowers had been. I watched for a few days as they dried to become the same sort of seed that I planted to get the original plants! Half a century later, my Pa still considers nasturtium to be an invasive weed that gets everywhere. He gives them too much credit. Nasturtium grows like a perennial here, not because the individual plants last very long, but because they replace themselves so readily. Plants that grow through spring eventually succumb to the dry warmth of late summer, but before they do so, new plants grow up through their deteriorating foliage. Plants that grow through autumn eventually succumb to the cool weather of late winter, but before they do so, new plants grow up through their deteriorating foliage.

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