Nasturtiums And Other Blooms

Spring came./He rooted up the nettles with his hands./He burnt them all, stamped on the clotted ash,/Tamping new seeds in, fingering stones aside./This work he wanted, his hands came alive./They wanted flowers to touch/But from his care/Only the tough nasturtiums came./They crawled/In sullen fire by the wall a week./But the soil was sour, the roots went unfed./Even they ceased to clutch, their heads fell forward.

From “The Gardener” by Dom Moraes

Although my nasturtiums do not share the fate of the ones in the poem, I included these lines because I love many of Dom Moraes’ poems. And being one of the easiest plants to grow, I wanted instant foliage and colour. But with winter being colder than other years, germination and growth took much longer. Since October I’ve been working on this small round patch that I have in the front of the house. The nasturtiums were planted in December.

After a slow growth the bed is full of colour now. It’s a mixed bed which also has gerbera daisies, stock, and petunias. Below you can see a re-seeder in a basket. That one and the one I found behind a pile of wood is doing really well. The one with orange blooms were bought from the nursery. Presumably healthier plants aren’t going as strong as my re-seeders!!

This South American native literally means nose-twister. The botanical name Tropaelum is from the Greek tropiaon, a trophy. In ancient Greece, shields and helmets of defeated enemy were fixed on tree trunks. Nasturtium leaves were thought to resemble shields, and the flowers were thought to resemble helmets. Although the flowers and leaves are edible, I’m not too keen on the taste as well as the smell. I’m sure most of you might find this strange.

One of my last dahlias struggling with its weight. I’ve used bamboo stakes but this one had outgrown the stick’s height. Very soon that bed will have other plants and the rain lilies will bloom.

After the drab look of winter, the leaves of my Brazil Raintree/Brunfelsia pauciflora is perking up and there are many buds on my small plant.

As for the yellow bougainvillea near my gate, it’s still going great guns but the yellow has paled somewhat.

In our parts winter is great for seasonal flowers. But this season with its wind and dust, and sometimes sudden showers, there’s new growth everywhere. Young shoots, buds, new leaves on trees, and plenty of bird activity. It’ll be worth photographing and documenting what I see around me…all over again.

About Kanak Hagjer

Hello from north-east India! I love to blog about all things floral and foliar and sharing the beauty of my region is what I am most passionate about!
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19 Responses to Nasturtiums And Other Blooms

  1. Randy Emmitt says:

    Enjoyed your nasturtiums, we have a few packets of seeds to plant in the coming weeks. Ever try the climbing nasturtiums?

  2. Linda says:

    Howe Lovely!!!!!! Just beautiful!

  3. islandgal246 says:

    I really enjoyed your front entrance Kanak. Love the look with the rocks bordering the planting area. It is very pretty. I have been having some computer problems lately, my old one finally died on me.

  4. Stephanie says:

    Your nasturtiums are lovely. I’ll be sowing some seeds. I really hope the plant will germinate and grow well here. Wish me luck!

  5. Andrea says:

    That variegated nasturtium is lovely even without the flowers. They maybe not growing in our climate as i have not seen them here. Kanak, is using wordpress much better than blogger, i am thinking of changing mine too. thank you.

  6. One says:

    Hi! You have a very lovely garden. I also have some rocks as a border.

    Nasturtiums are beautiful and edible but for some reason, they refuse to germinate for me.

    • kanak7 says:

      One…I’ve seen your borders…they’re beautiful! And you also have enough space. Sadly, I don’t, so I concentrate on a focal point which I call my “welcome patch”!:)

  7. Such beautiful and abundant color!!! I didn’t know any of this about the nasturtiums, how interesting!! It seems they must be very hardy flowers?

    • kanak7 says:

      Ginny, the flowers don’t last long but they look very pretty in a vase. But the plants…they sure can grow!! I’m trimming them by using them for my decorations.

  8. Elu says:

    The bougainvillea is also known as the Paper Flower. How apt !

  9. Shantana says:

    Hi Kanak,
    I finally know what your house looks like now:)t is Beautiful.I have to come over this time when we visit home and wud love to try the pork ribs…

    Lovely flowers blooming all around your house.It must be a real joy to see them bloom and what a mix and match of colours…just love it. Hopefully one day I will be able to do the same.So long enjoy your weekend.


    • kanak7 says:

      Ruby! Thank you so much! I’ve sown more seeds and am in the process of transplanting now. There’ll be more colour in the months to come.:-)) Hope you have a wonderful weekend too. At least Arun will be home to help out!!;)

      My love to Diya and Hiya.

  10. rocksea says:

    oh dear kanak, so nice to read you after so long! and a huge thanks for talking about nasturtiums, as we have them in our garden, and didnt know their names.


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