The Black-eyed Susan Adventure

Last Fall I sowed a handful of black-eyed Susan seeds. They sprouted a few weeks ago; some were gigantic, well over two feet tall. Took the above photo of one that is near the end of its blooming life.Got to wondering where the “Susan” comes from. Turns out that the poet John Gray in 1720Continue reading “The Black-eyed Susan Adventure”

Sunlight on a Leaf

Everyday I walk past this clump of nasturtiums surrounded by succulents. I thought about pulling the nasturtiums out but the orange flowers contrast nicely with the bright green growth of the cactus like plant. When I noticed sunlight hitting the broad nasturtium leaves, I decided to let nature takes its course. You probably don’t wantContinue reading “Sunlight on a Leaf”

The Sacrificial Nasturtium

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 thatContinue reading “The Sacrificial Nasturtium”