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Nasturtiums, kids and frosts

Posted by Dawn Isaac on 28 Nov 2011 at 12:18 PM

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Nasturtiums and kids are a great combination.

We filled up one bed with a few plants grown from seed this spring and for a reward we have had an overflowing sea of these colour-rich, edible flowers that has lasted for months. The seeds are a decent enough size for small hands to plant and the flowers (and leaves) have injected colour to salads and vases.

Last night, we had a frost.

Sadly, as you can see, nasturtiums and frost are not such a great combination.

Here endeth the lesson.



thomas_bonasera said:

I actually like the last lesson as well! It is the true indicator that the first real freeze (winter!) has arrived! Our nasturtium here in London has not yet collapsed as we have not yet had that first real freeze. (Side note: the wood pigeons devoured our early nasturtium last year. We thought it would not grow at all, but it began growing and is now pretty substantial. But it started so late in its growth that we have zero seeds and zero flowers. So this probably means the end of our nasturtium. Sad!)

on 06 Dec 2011 at 12:07 PM

Dawn Isaac said:

Thomas - I thought ours had had it too but more because it was swamped in blackfly and looking dreadful. However, it's amazing how a late but flourishing ladybird population can make such a difference.  Sadly, I'm not sure a ladybird is an appropriate predator for wood pigeons!

on 08 Dec 2011 at 10:34 AM

thomas_bonasera said:

Our nasturtium did eventually collapse a couple of weeks back when the temperature went below zero! And, yes, the blackflies devoured our nasturtium in years past! Here's to good pests like the ladybirds!

on 03 Jan 2012 at 12:47 PM