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Nasturtium Nasturtium Last year my neighbor dedicated an entire flower bed to a fast-growing, vining plant with the most beautiful lily pad-shaped leaves and bright red flowers. I had no idea what it was, and never got around to asking her. I was stunned by how fast it grew, and how beautiful it was. The stems had a "twirly" effect to them. Right when I was about to ask her what it was, I found out they had moved to Japan. I tried googling with silly vague descriptions, but nothing. I thought I was close a few times, but I was never sure. Yesterday at the garden center, I scored. Right there in the middle of the herb section she sat. Beautiful leaves, sprial stems. No flowers yet, but the tag indicated that the blooms would be bright yellow. I snapped up three of them and enjoyed a reoccuring mental victory dance for the rest of the day. They're called Nasturtiums and they are my new best friend. Aren't they gorgeous? Oh, and the bonus? They are completely edible! The flowers and leaves have a peppery flavor similar to arugula. And here's the part where you tell me that you've known all this for years. Go ahead, laugh at the newbie gardener.


Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Bethany

From one newbie gardener to another – congratulations on your score!

I'm pretty good with identifying most cut flowers, but I wouldn't have known those were nasturtiums either! I'm still marveling at the way my plants have sprung back even bigger and better than last year after being covered in 4 feet of snow! (Especially the wisteria, which I actually thought was dead long before winter hit!) :)

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Noodles and Waffles

My husband's family owns a greenhouse business and I'm always learning new things about plants. There are thousands and thousands of plant species…you can't know them all. :)

There are people that will come into the greenhouse and bring back flats of dead flowers and will ask why they died. My husbands will have to ask them if they watered the plants. You'd be surprised how many say…"oh, was I supposed to do that."

Hope you keep your fingers in the dirt.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by The Armchair Parisian

I'll have to look into this. They look exactly like the charming little invasive weed in my yard called Dollar Weed….:-)

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Michelle Engel Bencsko

I love nasturtium. They're really easy to grow from seed, too. Have the boys plant some for the windowsill.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by hatjunkie

Nasturtiums are often used to keep bugs from eating other plants in the vegetable garden. You can plant them around crops and then pick the flowers for salads. They are so pretty and come in many colours now.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Elissa

I love nasturtiums! The flowers make for very pretty salads. Every time I grow them though, they succumb to some small green aphid looking bugs that hide on the underside of the leaves. Keep an eye on the undersides of the leaves and flick of any bugs before they multiply so yours don't die like mine.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by nichole

April – It really was like scratching an itch that plagued me for over a year. It was SO satisfying.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by April

My mother would be ashamed of me for being a remedial gardener. lol

Your nasturtium are cute… good score on happening upon the answer to your burning question ♥

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by nichole

See … I knew you all have known about these for years. Next, you'll tell me you've known how great Cheez-Its are, or that sliced bread is pretty cool. :)

Kayla – go buy them! You've been enabled.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Kayla Poole

Nichole, I think I'm going to be picking up a couple of these for myself this weekend…After seeing your photos, I was just hard-core body slammed back to my childhood with a memory (If that makes any sense at all…it's late, forgive me!)

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