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As I work among my flowers, I find myself talking to them, reasoning and remonstrating with them, and adoring them as if they were human beings.  Much laughter I provoke among my friends by so doing, but that is of no consequence.  We are on such good terms, my flowers and I!
Celia Thaxter,  1835-1894

Orange Nasturtiums from my garden last summer – I had to pull out just about the whole batch (but not before I’d collected a lot of the seeds!) as they got attacked by a white, sticky fungus

Nasturtiums are a gardener’s dream. They are virtually carefree once established. Snails don’t seem to be interested in them. They will even self-seed and come back the next year in mild climates. I look forward to their return each year; it signals that summer is here at last.
For Growing Nasturtiums I have found that sunny spots work best, (too much shade and you have a lot of greenery with only a few flowers) even though they might need more watering, especially if you have a quick-draining soil like ours in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. Nasturtiums seed so prolifically that, after your first initial planting, you never have to buy seeds again. At the end of the flowering season I usually collect hundreds of seeds from the plants, a job in itself very enjoyable, as I sit picking out the round pea-like seeds amongst the leaves.
Sow Nasturtium seeds once the weather warms up, either in early spring or early summer depending on your location. Sow the seeds about 10 to 15 inches apart, and about 1 inch deep. Water immediately after planting. Then do not water for another 10 days. If you choose a climbing variety, make sure to provide a support for the plant and train it as it grows. Within a few weeks you should have healthy plants with flowers, and prolific flowers in due course!

Go to Blissful Housewife for some great culinary uses of Nasturtiums, like this great starter, below – Nasturtium blossoms stuffed with a mixture of cream cheese or ricotta cheese, chives and pesto.

“Just looking at nasturtiums can make you smile – eating them might even make you giggle!”

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I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
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  • Anne Gitto
    Anne Gittoover 4 years ago

    Very pretty and skillfully done. I love the colors you used. I’ll have to plant some of these next year.

  • Excellent idea Anne! And thank you very much for your comment!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • vigor
    vigorover 4 years ago

    Very beautiful watercolor, you’re very talented!

  • Thank you for your lovely compliment Vigor, really appreciate that!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 4 years ago

    Can you see me smiling? So very beautiful!!!!

  • ♫♫♫ When you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you! …..♪♪♪ Thanks a lot Liz!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Alicia R. Bernal
    Alicia R. Bernalover 4 years ago

    This may as well be something I will hope to try one fine day when I find a garden to grow as beautiful friends as you have here to talk to…

  • And so you should Alicia – a garden can be as small as a little pot of Nasturtiums on your kitchen window sill, supplying you endless hours of colour and pleasure as well as something to add to your salads!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • LoveringArts
    LoveringArtsover 4 years ago

    Delightful Maree ,, Just a lovely painting Beautiful

  • Many thanks Paul, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • MIchelle Thompson
    MIchelle Thompsonover 4 years ago

    Fantastic watercoulour, beautifully done.

  • Thank you very much Michelle! (it is ‘Michelle’ and not ‘Mlchelle’…?)

    – Maree Clarkson

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanover 4 years ago

    lovely pretty watercolour Maree

  • So pleased you like it Linda, thanks a lot!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Joyce Ann Burton-Sousa
    Joyce Ann Burt...over 4 years ago

    Very nice, Maree.

  • Thank you Joyce!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 4 years ago

    I love nasturtiums – mine didn’t do too well, to hot and dry here

  • Aaaaw, that’s a pity Shulie. But yes, they like the sun, but definitely also like their water!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • craftloft
    craftloftover 4 years ago
  • Thanks Mariaan.

    – Maree Clarkson

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