The Sacrificial Nasturtium

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For ten years I’ve been growing nasturtiums, collecting the seed pods and giving them to friends to grow. I’m astounded by how these flowers have prospered at other yards. However, at home nasturtiums have been targeted by gophers as well as spittle bugs. Indeed, the bright green leaves of the nasturtium sacrifice themselves so that other flowers in the yard remain pest-free.

Still, there are a few areas at home that the gophers leave alone, allowing nasturtiums to spread and to produce spectacular blooms. Peace.

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