The battlefield is our front yard. Gopher holes dot the landscape. Where there was once a solid green cover of nasturtiums, there are now small clumps of this hearty plant. The gophers have feasted on the nasturtiums, sometimes right before my very eyes–I’ve witnessed an entire plant being pulled down a gopher hole. But onContinue reading “The Battlefield…”
I enjoy shooting photos defined by their contrasting images. Take this “new” butterfly landing on a large nasturtium leaf next to the shadow of a decayed leaf. A wet winter and spring has produced a record growth of nasturtiums in our yard–that’s the good news. The bad news/good news is that nasturtiums attract insects awayContinue reading “Contrast Continued…”
Three years ago I harvested some nasturtium seeds and threw them in the front yard. I haven’t watered them this year given that we are in a severe drought. This week they were in full bloom and contrasting nicely against an old brick wall. These flowers drop seeds which, in turn, produce more nasturtiums; however, in theContinue reading “Nasturiums on Brick”
They’re easy to grow, drought tolerant, have showy flowers, can be eaten in salads, ground up to make pepper and without question, their leaves make great background for taking photos of butterflies.
Amid the aging, giant nasturtium leaves in my front yard there is a new bloom, the first of the season. Since the nasturtium is a drought tolerant plant once established, this showy flower may be mainstay of landscaping this year in parts of California. I harvested hundreds of seeds last year and plan to sowContinue reading “First Bloom”
With all the bad, ugly news going on, I decided to post a photo of nasturtiums. While most people are drawn to their fragile flowers, the leaves, to me, are amazing in how they capture sunlight–just an FYI.
This enlarged photo of my backyard nasturtium appears to produce flowers within a flower.
I am the “mad scientist of nasturtiums.” Over this past winter I dried the seed pods of the most prolific nasturtiums of 2013. I planted five seeds in very loose soil in April of this year. Kaboom! I now have nasturtiums with giant deeply veined leaves, as noted in the photo—that’s a drop of waterContinue reading “Attack of the Giant Nasturiums”
Photos taken today. Top one shows a few of the “thousands” of nasturtium seeds that I collected last year from our garden. On the left are sprouts from seeds planted three weeks ago. On right is the dark orange bloom loved by bees. Very little watering required.