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Saturday, October 31, 2015
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For the past few years I’ve been trying to grow flowers on a little plot next to the parking lot in my landlord’s back yard. The soil is pretty bad back there, full of red clay and rocks. Morning glories and moonflowers have taken pretty well to it, but most other plants (other than weeds) don’t do well, or never get going in the first place.

This past spring I tried to start a number of different flower seeds back there, but only the nasturtiums took to it (I also had some sunflowers come up, but they hardly reached 3 feet and then keeled over after pushing out a few small flowers). During July and August, a handful of petite yellow and orange nasturtium blooms would sometimes greet me on my return home from work. But this summer was quite dry, and by early September only the green leaves and stems remained. And as it started to get colder over the past few weeks, even they made their resolution with the coming of winter. But a few plants decided to play die-hard, and yesterday one managed to rage against the dying of the warmth by popping out one last bloom.

So, enjoy this last little act of defiance against the inevitable from my backyard plot. If all goes well and I’m still here in the spring, I definitely plan to buy a variety of nasturtium seeds in different colors and shapes (and maybe I’ll give them a boost by laying down a bag of manure). For now, one last look, and then on with another winter. Oh, PS — I see that nasturtiums are actually edible, all but the seeds. They are related to watercress, and the flavor is supposed to be a cross between mustard and slight sweetness for the flower, and the leaves are peppery. Perhaps I’ll give that a try — next year.

◊   posted by Jim G @ 3:30 pm      
 
 


  1. Jim, You’ve had some very nice flowers. I’m surprised the nastursium lasted so long.
    For a flower that will last till the snow comes, try a Marigold; they are also supposed to keep harmful-to-plants bugs away. (Not sure about that.) But I do know that Marigolds will last till snow falls and beyond. I like them for that–a bit of sunshine even in the snow (if the yellow ones are growing).
    Your flowers have done well in that bad soil. You deserve to be glad about them all. MCS

    Comment by Mary S. — November 1, 2015 @ 11:32 am

  2. Mary, I did try starting marigolds from seed, but they didn’t last. Only nasturtiums could put up with that clay.

    Comment by Jim G — November 1, 2015 @ 2:13 pm

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