Day 249: nasturtiums

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


Nasturtiums are irrepressible, you plant them one year and they come back over and again, wandering out from their anchoring point in the soil and sending questing stems in all directions. It could sound sinister, but who can be immune to the charms of Tropaeolum majus with its almost circular leaves and vivid flowers breaking out like flames all along its length. Pepper hot petals in a salad, tight little seed pods the basis of ‘Poor Man’s capers’ (just add white wine vinegar and seasoning). I first planted Tropaeolum minus ‘Phoenix’ (pictured) as a sacrificial crop to distract the infant cabbage whites from my brassicas, but kept them for the craic.  

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