Monday, September 30, 2019

Climbing Nasturtiums at My Cottage

These climbing nasturtiums were planted from seeds in the ground in the spring.

I am so enjoying this riot of color right now.

Nasturtiums are tender perennials that didn't do much over the hot summer but are coming into their glory now that temps have cooled off. I am hoping they will reseed themselves but I will pick and save some seeds just in case. Please notice my newest (old) galvanized watering can far left. Thrift shop find for fifty cents but I paid them one dollar because I had no change. Love it. What you see above is very selective photography. My front garden bed is filled with weeds and I have just begun to tackle them. The annual firehouse sale and auction of donated stuff was Saturday and as you all know, it's my favorite day of the year. The very first thing I bought was a "Garden Claw" and it is a really wonderful addition to my gardening tool collection. I used it and filled up two dumper carts as soon as I got home. You don't have to bend over. It's a long rod with handle bars at the top and four long angled prongs at the bottom. You just push it in and twist and the weeds come right up. I am thrilled with it and inspired to get my front back in shape once again. It works in a gravel driveway too. Yay!!
xo, Rosemary

8 comments:

Linda said...

Now this is one serious gardening tool.
Nice find. Congratulations.

Pam said...

Rosemary, your nasturtiums are so beautiful. If I recall, didn't you bring some inside last year? I'd definitely collect some seeds because you don't want to be without that burst of color next year.

Betty said...

My Mother loved nasturtiums so i always think of her when i see them.

Content in a Cottage said...

Pam -- I will definitely dig up some of these nasturtiums and overwinter them again this year. They gave me such pleasure last winter and this time I shall remember to water the ones inside my basement sliding door. The geraniums can withstand being dry but the nasturtiums cannot.
xo, Rosemary

lisa said...

I love Nasturtiums, they are marvelous re-seeders, and they are edible! They are very tenacious, but I live on the west coast where the temperatures are milder.

sandy lawrence said...

Those nasturtiums are a show stopper! And a shockingly good buy on the new (old) watering can. I have only one antique one, a "Bat" one. Not sure what the significance is, but there is a bat molded into the metal top. I like your collection.

GretchenJoanna said...

I had no idea one could overwinter nasturtiums. My most successful nasturtiums were completely self-sufficent but they grew out of the cracks in the cement around the swimming pool pump and I was just lucky if they came through the fence to the back garden to cheer us up.

Now I don't have that nurturing chaos, and haven't found a place in the new landscape for nasturtiums, where they get enough sun and water. Maybe they are another plant that needs to be in a pot, and not in the ground with the low-water ornamentals.

GretchenJoanna said...

Oh, yes, and that garden claw looks serious! I've never seen anything like it.