Sunday, October 17, 2010

N is for Nasturtium

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Nasturtiums have long been favorites of mine, at least until invaded by aphids. Way back when my children were young and begging for a snack, I would slather a piece of bread with butter for them to take to the backyard; there they would harvest nasturtium leaves (pesticide and aphid free) to make a sandwich - a tasty treat in which I often would join them.
Then the aphids found the "nasty urchins" (as my father used to call them).

This beauty is in a neighbor's yard, not mine
Please click on this picture for a full view of it.

Now that I have moved to Washington State, I can again have nasturtiums in my garden.

Kristin planted these as a border to my walk.
The blossoms are lovely, but so are the variegated leaves.


Some of my language-loving father's other favorite flowers included Christmas anthems. And Spitunias. I wish I could remember more of them!

21 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Oh, I love your Nasturtiums! And how perfect for the N Day! Your photos are delightful! Didn't realize you live in Washington state! A great place, isn't it? Hope you have a wonderful week!

Sylvia

Roger Owen Green said...

These are LOVELY indeed!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Gramma Ann said...

They are a lovely flower, and you say you can eat them too? Well I declare, I never knew that. Or am I reading something that isn't there?

Martha said...

A flower sandwich! How fun!!!

PS. I like your little black kitten there. He's playful.

Jedediah said...

Beautiful flowers. I have nasturtiums on my balcony every year - I eat the leaves, too, and feed them and the flowers to my bearded dragon (he loves red flowers). When the aphids come, my poison arrow frogs get those, so I don't really mind them. Plus I get ladybugs and other interesting insects who prey on them :)

Nanka said...

Beautiful colors and flowers!!

Wanda said...

The Nasturtiums are so lovely. The leaves are do delicate with each vein showing. Just a delightful post for N.

photowannabe said...

Your Father sounds like mine did too. Love the silly names he gave the flowers.
My Grandpa used to call Eucaliptus trees, Ukeie-lipstick trees.
I hadn't realized you moved to Washington State either. Are you near your family now?

Kay L. Davies said...

Your father and my father were birds of a feather.
The first time I found out nasturtiums were edible was in Washington State. I don't remember the name of the restaurant. I don't even remember if it was in Seattle or Bellingham, but I do know I ate nasturtiums in a salad. But I didn't know that about the leaves!!

Kay, Alberta

Carver said...

I love nasturtiums. What a great idea for the letter N. I pick the flowers to put in salads but didn't realize the leaves were edible too. I love the way the flowers taste (sort of peppery).

Mom vs. the boys said...

I've never heard of them, sounds like a foreign language to me! very pretty though!

Tumblewords: said...

I've always like nasturtiums and have eaten a few, as well. Still laughing about the spitunias and Christmas anthems. Good N post!

Barbara said...

Lovely photos - I do like nasturtiums - they never lasted long in our garden as our rabbit used to eat them! Loved the idea of Christmas Anthems :O)

Mar said...

My neighbors have some beautiful Nasturtiums, never knew the name, thanks for the info!!

My ABC

Amy said...

The nasturtiums are indeed lovely - I miss growing them as it's way too hot and dry here. Thanks for sharing and also for visiting and commenting on my "n" offering!

NanU said...

spitunias! that's a good one.
Nice N post, Ms Smith.

Joy said...

There is something joyful about Nasturtiums, and so easy to grow. They are tumbling all over the walls here at the moment.

JayLeigh said...

I love nasturtiums!! My MIL introduced them to me, and I like to plant some every year. That is so neat that you made sandwiches from them! I'll have to do that with my children. That sounds fun. :-)

EG Wow said...

The nasturtiums are gorgeous! I usually plant them every year but didn't this summer. Hmmm. I need to plant some next June!

Cheryl said...

Beautiful photos of a flower with so many uses. Great choice for N day.

Maggie May said...

Beautiful Nasturtiums.
You can eat them too........ on salads.
Maggie X

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